More about online filing. By Simon Sweetman
Following Lord Carter, HMRC would like almost everyone to file on line by 2012, though at the moment there are no plans to make it mandatory for individuals, including small unincorporated businesses (there seems to be a suggestion that “business” is equated with CT payers here –a depressingly familiar story).
This year’s figures offer some clue as to the progress being made and perhaps, as to whether enforcement of online filing will be necessary. As to why that might seem necessary, HMRC say that a million paper returns came in during the last fortnight in January.