Two more professional bodies have added their voice to the clamour for leniency from the Inland Revenue over self-assessment.
John Andrews, president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and Frank Collingwood, president of the Association of Taxation Technicians, made their plea at a meeting of business leaders in Cardiff last week.
They asked the Revenue to be lenient to offenders in the untried system, and suggested a number of improvements to be introduced before the next self-assessment deadlines.
Their ‘wish list’, prepared by members of the two bodies, appeals to the Revenue to reduce ambiguity in the self-assessment forms, and improve the clarity of Revenue communications.
The Revenue is urged to avoid ‘threats and frightening tactics’ and to be sympathetic to taxpayers and tax agents who were ‘struggling with one of the most complex tax systems on earth.’
Members of the English ICA have complained their relationship with local Revenue officers has been ruined by the introduction of self-assessment, and the CIOT warned there should be better co-ordination between tax inspectors and collectors to avoid unreasonable pressure on the taxpayers and the consequent alienation of tax agents.
Report argues that the government must change the way it makes tax and budget decisions
Drastically fewer offices for HMRC in the hope to reduce their running costs
Tayabali Tomlin and d&t directors launch £20 a month TaxGo service, aiming to be the 'biggest UK firm' by client numbers
Companies must report on their complex financial structures including offshore accounts and notify HMRC