HMRC LAUNCHES 'ONLINE BANKING' FOR TAXES
HM Revenue & Customs has launched online tax accounts as part of a wider plan to make all taxes digital by 2020
A bit like online banking accounts made monthly statements irrelevant, the Personal Tax Account could see an end to yearly tax returns, according to HMRC
“Remember when you started online banking? Well, this is the equivalent shift in service for the majority of our customers wanting to do business with us online,” said Ruth Owen, Director General of Personal Tax
The Personal Tax Account will consolidate information from employers, banks, building societies and other government departments so that taxpayers won’t have to hunt for all of the information and add it themselves
It will update in real time, showing you what you need to pay and what you’re owed
You can also update information without having to submit lengthy forms
And, if you get confused, it has a virtual assistant and web chat
“We’ll be developing the Personal Tax Account further so it will become the one place to go for all our customers to do business with HMRC,” explained Owen
But this year - while tax returns are still an annual burden - more than a million taxpayers will be directed to the online system to complete their self-assessment for the taxes that don’t come out of your pay slip
“This government is determined to revolutionise how we deliver public services and the tax system is no exception,” said David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury
This is the second stage of HMRC’s plan to overhaul the tax system, which has been facilitated by £1
3 billion of extra investment from the government, announced in the Autumn Statement
Last year HMRC launched an online system for business tax accounts, which is already being used by 2
2 million businesses
And it plans to roll out the accounts to all businesses by April 2016
By 2020 the full range of HMRC services should be available through digital tax accounts
The five year plan has been released a month after HMRC announced it was closing its 170 offices across the country and moving them into 13 regional hubs
Up to 56,000 staff could be made redundant as a result of the slimming down
Digitising the tax system should eradicate unnecessary form-filling and put all tax information in one place, according to HMRC’s “Making tax digital” report
It is expected that businesses and individuals will use the service to register, file and pay taxes, and change their personal information
Article courtesy of The Telegraph
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