TaxCorporate TaxTaxman to pilot single compliance checks

Taxman to pilot single compliance checks

Businesses will no longer have to face separate tax compliance checks if a new HMRC pilot proves successful

THE TAXMAN has announced a pilot that will combine compliance checks for a range of taxes into a single process for businesses.

The “single compliance process” will prevent businesses from having to undergo separate checks for VAT, income tax, National Insurance and the like. This “more holistic” approach will reduce HM Revenue & Customs’ costs and improve customer experiences, it said.

The trials will begin on 1 June and will run for six months in ten areas across the UK: Reading/Slough, Newcastle, Warrington, York, Exeter, London Euston and Southampton in England; Cardiff in Wales; Belfast and Edinburgh/Dundee. HMRC will look to roll this out nationally from January 2012 if the trials prove successful.

David Gauke, Exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: “This government is committed to relieving the burden on businesses. We know that agents, individuals and businesses find some of HMRC’s current compliance practices drawn out and costly. A single compliance process could help HMRC improve the customer experience and reduce costs.

“HMRC is working directly with agents via the Compliance Reform Forum to help develop it, and will continue to work with them during the pilots.”

However, Baker Tilly said the announcement was “surprising, given the criticism it received for failing to adequately publicise its last pilot on business records checks”.

The firm said that further clarification was needed before the pilot begins. There was a lack of detail about whether the visits covered all taxes, or just one to determine the business’s behaviour.

Related Articles

‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

Corporate Tax ‘Google tax’ nets HMRC £281m

3m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
OTS report: Corporation tax should follow accounts

Corporate Tax OTS report: Corporation tax should follow accounts

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

Corporate Tax HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

5m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Spring Budget 2017: Making Tax Digital

Business Regulation Spring Budget 2017: Making Tax Digital

9m Shereen Ali, Deputy Editor
Tax fraud loses HMRC £16bn

Corporate Tax Tax fraud loses HMRC £16bn

10m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
HMRC nets £2.6bn in corporate tax from big businesses

Corporate Tax HMRC nets £2.6bn in corporate tax from big businesses

10m Accountancy Age editorial
Tax crackdown brings in £468m for HMRC

Corporate Tax Tax crackdown brings in £468m for HMRC

11m Accountancy Age editorial
Treasury Select Committee report released on Making Tax Digital

Accounting Standards Treasury Select Committee report released on Making Tax Digital

11m Stephanie Wix, Writer