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Paul Aplin believes the tax administration framework consultation is a real opportunity to offer ideas on how to reform the tax system, to make it work better for taxpayers, for tax agents, and for HMRC.
Central to the strategy is a fully digital tax system, with MTD at its heart, combined with a modernised powers and penalty regime. In his foreword to the new consultation, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Jesse Norman says that the tax administration framework “plays a critical role in how people experience the tax system and how much trust they place in it”.
He is absolutely right. Individuals and businesses need to see the tax system delivering something for them, not just for HMRC and it is good to see this principle so clearly stated.
It is worth recalling the key elements of the ten-year strategy. It is built on the extension of MTD; making better use of real-time information; facilitating timely payment of tax; a single digital taxpayer account and improving services for agents. There is a commitment to delivering the plan through open consultation and in stages: evolution, not revolution.
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Paul Aplin was for many years a tax partner with an independent West Country firm. He is a past president of ICAEW, a former Chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty, a member of CIOT Council and the Tax Technology Committee of CFE. He is a non-executive director of three companies, a member of HMRC’s Admin Burdens Advisory Board and the OTS Board....