Online tax appeals for the digital age

A new digital service is allowing people to submit appeals over their tax bill entirely online.

Partner Andrew Bryan said, “This welcome move by HMRC is bringing the government tax services kicking and screaming into the digital age”.

The initiative, which can be accessed via the Government Gateway service (https://www.gov.uk/ government-gateway), means people no longer have to print out, manually fill in and post their forms. HMRC reports that it is drastically cutting the number of applications being rejected and returned, as incomplete or inaccurate forms can be amended over the phone with the help of court staff.

Over 2,000 taxpayers have already benefitted from the quicker, streamlined system, with on average a quarter of appeals made online since the scheme was introduced.

The move is part of the Government’s £1 billion investment to digitise the court service, making it quicker, simpler, and easier to access for everyone.

Online appeals are submitted to the tax tribunal service so that the case can be considered by a judge and, if necessary, proceed to a hearing.

The simplified forms spell out exactly what steps applicants must have already taken, preventing people from wasting time submitting applications which are then returned.

The online tax system continues to develop and in the latter stages of 2018 will be extended to cater for an increased range of business.

If you would like assistance in relation to a business matter, call Andrew on 023 92 820 747 for further information.

May 2018.

 

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