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December 2013

HMRC consultation on paperless self assessment

HMRC are consulting on plans to introduce paperless self-assessment (SA) tax returns which would see communications with taxpayers conducted electronically, in line with the department’s digital strategy.
The consultation, which closes on 27 December 2013, is seeking views on the proposed changes to legislation.

HMRC propose that those registered to use its SA online service will be able to provide their consent to HMRC using electronic communications in connection with their tax affairs rather than receiving paper notifications and outputs by post.

Taxpayers who opt in to the service will be sent a message by HMRC informing them information has been delivered to their secure mailbox and available to view via their online account. Taxpayers logging in to this account will be able to read the delivered notice or reminder, and if necessary act on it.

Statutory notices and reminders made available to customers in this way will have the same legal validity as a paper statutory notice and reminder sent by letter and post.

The types of SA products within the initial scope of this proposal include:
• Statutory notices – tax returns, enquiries, determinations and assessments;
• Statutory notices – penalties; and
• Reminders and other tax related communications.

For more information on this, please contact us on 02476 518 555 / 0121 711 2468 or email [email protected]