The Treasury select committee has criticised HMRC’s plans to digitise tax on the basis of the cost burden it will place on business.
The committee notes that the project (which needs businesses to use prescribed software to file tax information quarterly) will add to their compliance costs and makes it ‘implausible’ that they will achieve the predicted administrative savings.
This is something that loyal readers already know, and have been trying to communicate to HMRC. In fact I understand that Troup is a zealot wrt the "digital revolution" and, when engaged with on the subject by a loyal reader, was not just deaf to her points that it will be costly and burdensome but talked over her as she tried to make her case.
The question is, has HMRC done a full impact assessment on the costs/benefits (to the taxpayers) of the digital project?
No, I don't think it has. In fact Andrew Tyrie (chairman of the committee) has asked the very same of Gauke in this letter.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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