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.
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