HMRC rolls out toolkits to foil tax errors

Two new toolkits aimed at nipping tax return errors in the bud have been
released by the taxman today, with more set to follow next year.

It is hoped the guides covering Capital Gains Tax (land and buildings), and
Personal and private expenditure will help advisers avoid common errors when
filing clients’ returns.

Brian Redford, head of HMRC’s Agents and Employers Service Improvement
Programme, said:

“The toolkits are based on the most common errors we see and will help agents
get returns right first time, which will reduce the need for compliance checks.

“Agents are a key part of the tax system helping our customers submit
complete and accurate returns. These toolkits have been designed to help them do
this crucial job. No-one will be forced to use them.”

Each toolkit provides information, including checklists and explanatory
notes, links to online guidance for more detailed information, examples of the
most common errors observed and explanations on how to avoid them.

Three other toolkits are already available to help agents navigate capital
gains tax for Trust and Estates, marginal small company relief and capital
allowances for plant machinery.

The taxman added the programme forms part of HMRC’s Pre-Return Support pilot
for agents. To view the toolkits, agents must join the pilot by going to the
HMRC website at

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