HMRC has made measurable improvements in its customer services, since the implementation of a joint initiative with accountancy institutes and other stakeholders.
That's the message from HMRC, sorry for using the "C" word in the above!
Lin Homer (Chairman of the Joint Initiative Steering Group) is quoted in the Joint Initiative on HMRC Service Delivery update:
"I’m really pleased with the improvements we’re putting in train through working in partnership with representatives from professional bodies and charitable organisations on this joint initiative. We’ve collectively resolved some important practical issues and both agents and HMRC staff have benefited from hearing, first hand, about each other’s experiences during visits and workshops."The scheme was set up following a 2011 recommendation made by the Treasury Select Committee.
AC Mole partner and chair of the ICAEW tax faculty' technical committee, Paul Aplin is quoted by AccountancyAge:
"The initiative is now accumulating a list of real "wins" on service delivery. Tens of thousands of employers avoided penalties last year and will do again this year as a direct result of the work on P35 processes and the extra investment in call centre resource is again a direct result of the discussions we have had through the Initiative.Errm.....that "extra investment in call centre resource" was but a smoke and mirrors operation redirecting resources from elsewhere. I fail to understand why the ICAEW has fallen for that!
Perhaps the most important thing though is what underlies the specific items on the list and that is very real engagement on service issues at the highest levels of HMRC."
Anyhoo, the next steps as per HMRC are:
"The principle of working 'outside in' and not 'inside out' continues to underpin the project. Work is currently focusing on driving further improvements in post and call handling, and looking at how to define agreed service standards in these areas. Attention is also turning to getting things right first time and to the quality of HMRC’s responses to customers’ queries."Sorry for being thick, but what does "working outside in" mean?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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