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Thursday, 16 February 2017

HMRC Goes It Alone On Verification

HMRC has confirmed that it will go it alone and develop its own identity assurance solution to replace Government Gateway when it ends in March 2018 – rather than using the government’s flagship GOV.UK Verify.

Government Gateway allows individuals, businesses and agents to use government services online by proving and authenticating their identity, and currently has more than 50 million active accounts.

In theory HMRC will provide a more agile, flexible and secure set of services, and at a lower cost.

Let's see how this goes then!

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  1. Agile. Flexible. Secure. Lower cost. Yep, that sounds like something HMRC would deliver alright.

  2. Yes-bugger the taxpayer, let's use something that won't work and will cost ten times as much over the next few years fixing it.

  3. Do they know aomething about GOV.UK.Verify that Government experts don't know? Or is it a queston of a partnership with a 'preferred public sector partner'? Hint, follow the money as well as the revolving doors!

    1. ???? Corruption in HMRC has happened in many forms!!!

    2. Where are HMIC? When are they going to get that investigation into misconduct, past and present, started? What on earth are they waiting for?

      People have described HMRC management as psychopaths, and they must have their excessive powers curtailed until the guilty are brought to account.

    3. Who has ultimate responsibility for HMRC and has that person been asleep on watch?

    4. The Chief Executive must take ultimate responsibility?

      Past and present CEOs, all very highly paid people, should be formally asked what do they know about concerns of misconduct?

      And what thorough action have they taken to address those concerns?

      From how it looks out here, those running a small charity tuck shop would face greater scrutiny than Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. Something's gone badly wrong.

    5. If its not a ministerial department, wtf is Gauke employed to do?
      Surely the P.M. has ultimate responsibility and if not why not?

    6. You are correct that the PM presumably has ultimate responsibility.

      However, HMRC have made themselves totally unaccountable; its a total farce.

      They seem to resist being made a ministerial department on the dubious grounds of taxpayer confidentiality. What a load of cobblers. Surely it is not beyond the intelligence of someone to design safeguards to ensure confidentiality while still allowing a minister at cabinet level to make sure HMRC are finally being scrutinised.

      Given that HMRC have demonstrated taxpayer confidentiality and data breaches over the years, I am not convinced at the credibility of their alleged worry over 'taxpayer confidentiality' wrt being a ministerial dept anyway. What is it they're really trying to hide?

    7. Incompetence and self interest!