AccountingWeb have posted a short article from a tax professional bemoaning the out of date P35 reminders sent to him by HMRC:
"This morning I received 7 reminders for various clients to file P35's before the 19 May deadline. I suppose I should be grateful that I get these reminders but they were dated 29 April and in all but one case I had already filed the reports. The exception is a client that HMRC was informed 2 years ago had stopped trading and wouldn't be operating a payroll.The mass mailing of reminders by HMRC is probably the most effective and speedy method for HMRC to use, rather than to mail only those who have not yet filed their P35's.
Calls from clients and discussions with colleagues make it evident that this was a mass mailing and that because it was mailed (!) nearly 2 weeks ago the majority of recipients will have already filed.
I am appalled at the sheer waste of paper and postage and believe that with the present economic conditions, this waste is unacceptable and the result of incompetence.
I wrote a few weeks ago about the need for HMRC to make more use of email and this proves the point as these notices are not, and do not need to be secure.
How much could have been saved?"
However, the postal system used by HMRC is clearly causing a delay (the Royal Mail does not normally take 2 weeks to deliver letters).
Maybe HMRC really should seriously consider using email to interact with taxpayers (as, eg, the Irish tax authority does)?
I would be interested to read some suggestions as to how this could be improved, from both HMRC staff and taxpayers.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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