Following the introduction of obligatory online filing of VAT Returns eight years ago, a challenge was made on the basis that mandation breached taxpayers human rights. This was in spite of (a) the availability of alternative arrangements via telephone and (b) taxpayers not being forced to purchase software. It was (and still is) only necessary to log into the HMRC portal and type in nine numbers.
MTD for VAT is considerably more intrusive. Taxpayers will be obliged to pay hundreds (possibly thousands) of pounds for software and, in the case of those not familiar with accounting software, spend countless hours getting to grips with something completely alien to them. All this will end up with taxpayers sending precisely the same information as currently (ie: the same nine numbers).
I realise there are exemptions for the elderly and the disabled. However - what about those not so disadvantaged? Might their human rights be being breached? Why should they be obliged to incur significant cost and devote valuable time in order to transmit exactly the same information to the same timescale as they currently do?
Any lawyers out there?