As part of its bold new digital vision, HMRC has finally reached an agreement with its major IT suppliers (Capgemini and Fujitsu) HMRC on the phased exit from its £10BN Aspire IT contract (set to end in 2017).
Having disengaged from this monolith, it will move to a mixture of existing and new suppliers including SMEs for smaller-scale work packages in the run up to the complete rollout of digital tax accounts.
HMRC will use more flexible contracts. HMRC claims that it will save around 24% (£200m) a year by 2020-21 on the provision of like-for-like IT services, against a £854m total IT spend in 2014-15.
Lin Homer is quoted by CCH Daily:
"HMRC’s ambition is to be one of the most digitally-advanced tax authorities in the world, and the agreement we have reached to exit the Aspire contract brings that a huge step closer.Well then, let's see how this all works out!
Our new approach enables HMRC to secure the adaptable, cutting-edge IT services we need to transform our services to customers and modernise the way we work, at much better value for money for the taxpayer."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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