Taxation – English ICA slams Revenue on self-assessment

The English ICA’s tax faculty this week attacked the implementation of self-assessment, warning it has seriously damaged the relationship between the Inland Revenue and the accountancy profession, writes Jonah Bloom.

In a response to the Revenue’s request for comments on its introduction, Robert Maas, chairman of the institute’s tax faculty technical committee, said: ‘We have identified many areas causing concern and each day more problems appear.’

Maas said there had been little consultation on operational matters, and ‘little or no consultation’ on specialist returns and other forms. He added: ‘There was too much wrong advice from local Revenue offices and many staff had appeared to be poorly trained.’

Further criticisms included:

tax guide was ‘too complex’;

problems were not taken seriously enough;

‘poor Revenue staff morale was communicated to accountants’; and

‘introducing SA and the new method of calculating taxable profits for the self-employed led to a great deal of confusion.’

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