HMRC asks if software can reduce red tape

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How many UK businesses are equipped to compile their own VAT and Corporation Tax figures and submit them electronically to HMRC? John Stokdyk studies the department's latest research.

To accompany the publication of draft regulations paving the way for the introduction of mandatory online filing of VAT and Corporation Tax between 2010 and 2012, HMRC published a study of business accounting practices.

Carried out by GfK NOP, the study is based on a quantitative of 1,200 businesses followed up by telephone interviews. The point of the exercise is to help the department achieve its strategic objective to improve the "customer experience" and reduce the administrative burden for businesses completing a...

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27th May 2009 19:15

compulsory online VAT filing
Does anyone know whether HMRC are likely to provide their own filing program as they do with PAYE? If you were able to just submit figures on line in the form of the current paper return then more people/agents might take up the service. There would not be extra cost for the client that way. Presumably payment then could be made by direct debit from the clients account.

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