The company tax portal will allow businesses to check what they owe the Revenue. The portal will be trialed with 20 businesses within weeks, with full release slated for after Christmas. The Revenue expects 90-100% of businesses to use it.
The Revenue has worked on the project since April, in collaboration with its outsourcer EDS and will allow data from the Revenue’s mainframes to be accessed via the internet.
Terry Hawes, head of e-business at the Revenue, said that while its mainframes were very good at processing data, ‘what they are not good at is interacting with the web’.
He added: ‘It’s the first time you can get to this information unmediated by the Inland Revenue.’
Other elements of the portal will include an ‘e-workspace’, a shared repository of agreements between the Revenue and individual companies.
Once the company tax application is up and running, by April the Revenue hopes to start work on the next application.
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