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Budget 2015 – The end of the Tax Return as we know it?

The end of the Tax Return as we know it!

The end of the Tax Return as we know it!

Making Tax Easier – The end of the Tax Return as we know it?

As part of the 2015 Budget Report on Wednesday 18th March, the chancellor proposed plans to replace the annual Tax Return with an “online digital account”.

HMRC are planning to offer taxpayers a real-time view of their tax affairs and pay any tax they owe without having to give information to HMRC that in theory it already holds. By early 2016 it is claimed that around 10 million individuals will have access to their very own personalised online tax account, with the figure rising to 50 million by the year 2020.

Initially the account will hold information such as PAYE earnings, pension information and bank interest received – so if you also have self-employment to declare, this may not quite be the end of your annual Tax Return submission.  There are plans however to link accounting software to the digital accounts, eliminating the need to submit an end of year Return.

Sounds ideal though, right? If the digital tax accounts can be completed with accurate figures from other sources it could save a lot of time and also save automatic penalties for filing late Tax Returns for smaller clients. However – given HMRC’s track record with its teething problems in PAYE Real Time Information implementation, this might not be as straightforward as HMRC and Financial Secretary David Gauke MP may make it out to be.

For more information, you can download a copy of HMRC’s official release document HERE. Or of course feel free to email us with any questions.

We will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest info if and when this plan is brought in, in order to keep our clients clear of any unexpected HMRC headaches!

Steve Baker

Written by Steven Baker – MAAT of Spurling Cannon

If you would like to contact Steven about this blog post or any other accounts related matter, please e-mail him on steven.baker@spurlingcannon.co.uk or phone the office on 01843 848383




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