Telephone tax filing set for 2004
The Inland Revenue is planning to introduce a system that will allow people to file their tax returns via the telephone.
The system will use voice recognition software and could be introduced as early as 2004. The news comes together with the launch of a pilot scheme for a simplified four-page tax return for people with straightforward tax affairs to go ahead next month.
Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, said telephone filing could be an example of the Revenue trying to achieve too much too soon.