Legislation in the 1999 Finance Act enables Customs and Inland Revenue to develop new electronic services as an alternative to traditional paper-based communication.
The Commissioners of Inland Revenue have today laid before Parliament Regulations to support the first Internet-based service provided by the Inland Revenue, for the filing of Income Tax Self Assessment returns.
Copies of these regulations will be available shortly from the Stationary Office. They will also be available on the Inland Revenue website, the address of which is given below.
1. The regulations are The Income Tax (Electronic Communications) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000 No. 945). 2. Taxpayers can register to use the new service from today, but the filing service itself will not commence until later this month. Full details of the new service will be made available then.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Prime Minister has set a target that 25% of transactions with government should be capable of being done electronically by 2002. Internet technology will help deliver the Government’s vision of making services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
2. The Government is also taking a leading role in encouraging enterprise in electronic business and in the development of the infrastructure needed to support the competitiveness of UK business in the growing e- commerce markets.
3. In addition to supporting the Governments broader policy objectives for electronic communication and e-commerce generally, the development of the new Internet-based services should have efficiency benefits for small businesses and the Revenue departments, and provide improved customer service for businesses and individual taxpayers.The Inland Revenue has today published a draft Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the costs and benefits of Internet Filing and would welcome any comments. The RIA is available on the Inland Revenue’s website at http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk or from:
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