New online services for agents on the way

The latest Agent Update 34 from HMRC reveals that HMRC plans to introduce new online services for tax advisers to support its evolving agent strategy.

With HMRC’s traditional bi-annual system upgrade due at the beginning of April, prototypes of the new online services for agents could appear in the next few weeks. The full roll-out, when it arrives, will include:

  • A new online agent registration mechanism
  • Self-authorisation to replace the cumbersome 64-8 process and existing online registration
  • An enhanced business tax dashboard that will let agents monitor their clients tax payments and liabilities across the main types of business tax.

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A spoonful of sugar ...    2 thanks

chicken farmer | | Permalink

medicine to follow later.

John Stokdyk's picture

Something I didn't mention...

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

The backdrop to this article includes the hangover from the 2010 PAYE coding backlog, and the pressing need to focus on preparations for real time information (RTI) - so the department and its IT contractors are very pushed for what they can deliver.

Just to add some more twists to the plot, the Cabinet Office told us very firmly last week that all of HMRC's information would be transferred to the gov.uk domain by March 2015. HMRC has said that its operational systems will remain on hmrc.gov.uk for now, but the scale and deadline slippage of this migration raises the risk that the roll-out programme for new agent tools could be affected by resource problems with all the other IT projects going on at the department.

Trust

The Black Knight | | Permalink

chicken farmer wrote:

medicine to follow later.

You can no longer trust them.

nigelburge's picture

“We expect these changes to be introduced by March 2015"

nigelburge | | Permalink

2015 Well - Whoopididoo!

Only two more years to wait then - What a (bad) joke.

Yes Well

ralan | | Permalink

Believe it when we see it seems the thing to do here

I agree....    1 thanks

teresaweezer | | Permalink

....with all the above comments.  I have too many stories to tell regarding HMRC and their inadequacies.  And we're not holding our breaths re 2015..........

Gov.UK

Colin Lothian | | Permalink

If the migration of the HMRC web site to Gov.UK is like any of the other attempts to bring things all under one roof then I despair. Clearly this is not the solution but part of the problem. There is a general dumbing down on the GOV website compared to other government sites. 

I think the HMRC on-line services are pretty good    1 thanks

chatman | | Permalink

I think the HMRC on-line services are pretty good with the exception of the agent authorisation process, and that is probably down to their inadequate postal procedures. Compare them to the Companies House clunky pdf form for submitting abbreviated accounts.

Hopefully ..

Briar | | Permalink

The new authorisation procedures will include all taxes and not just SA and CT (which are pretty good).

charliecarne's picture

"next few weeks"?

charliecarne | | Permalink

John Stokdyk wrote:

With HMRC’s traditional bi-annual system upgrade due in April, prototypes of the new online services for agents could appear in the next few weeks.

 - if it's not going to appear until 2015 at the earliest, then what might "appear in the next few weeks"?

My guess is...

cparker87 | | Permalink

charliecarne wrote:

John Stokdyk wrote:

With HMRC’s traditional bi-annual system upgrade due in April, prototypes of the new online services for agents could appear in the next few weeks.

 - if it's not going to appear until 2015 at the earliest, then what might "appear in the next few weeks"?

That prototypes could appear in the next few weeks.