Paperless self-assessment moves a step closer

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced plans for paperless Self Assessment (SA) tax returns in a consultation document published today.

Under paperless SA, you can expect to receive communications from HMRC electronically, rather than by letter.  HMRC say that these changes will enable them to offer an improved service, as part of their “Digital Strategy”.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said:

“HMRC’s Digital Strategy will make processes like SA faster and simpler. It will deliver the tax system for the 21st century that taxpayers expect.”

Apparently, the vast majority of HMRC’s SA customers already file electronically, but only 25 per cent of their dealings with HMRC are online. Paperless SA will allow customers to do everything online.

 

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