The government is ignoring the needs and capabilities of small businesses by pressuring them to complete their tax returns online, a lobby group has claimed.
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) said the 150 incentive given to firms that submit online is unfair to smaller businesses which lacked the resources to train new staff.
FPB chief executive Nick Goulding said: "This 150 becomes a gift for the already advantaged bigger firms, as if small firms did not have enough unfair competitive practices to cope with."
Goulding added that the current consultation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over whether to impose penalties on firms which fail to file online was also "ignorant of the realities of smaller businesses".
"HMRC should not be trying to dictate to people the method by which they declare t...