05 January 2017
The first of HMRC’s 13 new large regional contact centres is due to open in 2016-17, part of a major reorganisation of services. But will this modernisation programme help HMRC become a tax authority ‘fit for the future’ and will bigger necessarily mean better?
02 March 2016
Last week Ofcom published its long-awaited report on improving telecoms quality and coverage. It acknowledges that many people - especially in rural areas - suffer from poor quality broadband service, and pledged that all UK consumers will have access to fast, reliable broadband services over the next ten years. But that’s six years longer than the implementation of HMRC's Digital Roadmap. What will happen to those people who are ‘digitally excluded’ and unable to meet their tax obligations?
03 November 2015
In this edition of the RSM weekly tax brief, we look at the outrage caused by HMRC’s decision to tax the interest it owes to companies. We examine the latest guidance on exactly who will pay the new Scottish rate of income tax and, with less than six months before its introduction, we ask how UK employers will cope with the biggest change to PAYE since 1944.
19 October 2015
HMRC has been consulting on changes to the way it deals with the tax affairs of large businesses, but we are concerned that their proposals will lead to additional burdens for the compliant majority of companies. Surely it would be better for HMRC to concentrate on the known high-risk companies?
17 August 2015
The prospect that HMRC might, on a worst-case estimate, have to repay taxes (and presumably interest) of £42bn has emerged from a recent report by the Office for Budget Responsibility. While an official spokesperson from HMRC professes not to recognise the figures, there is every chance that the picture will only get worse.
04 August 2015
A recent Tax Tribunal decision on a £100 VAT return penalty takes the debate to a whole new level, with the judge finding that the trader behaved reasonably in refusing to tick the terms and conditions box.