HMRC Consultation: Modernising the administration of the personal tax system
If you would like to consider how the administration of the personal tax system could be improved to achieve better understanding and make it easier for customers to deal with, you have until the 24 February to read the consultation document, Modernising the administration of the personal tax system: Tax Transparency for Individuals and to consider and reply to the following questions that it poses:
Do you want to know more about the tax you pay, and what do you want to know?
Where do you currently look for information on how much tax you have paid?
If you had better access to tax information do you think that you would have more confidence in:
a. HMRC; and
b. the accuracy of your own tax?
Do you know what to do now if you are unsure your tax is right?
Do you know what your responsibilities are regarding tax?
Do you want to know why tax is paid and more information on how it is spent?
If you could access online accounts as described in the Irish example, how do you think this would improve your awareness and understanding of tax?
How often do you envisage you would use an online account?
If you complete an SA return, do you think you would benefit from your information being pre-filled in your SA return?
What do you consider the benefits and risks of pre-filling to be?
What do you think the most important areas are to pre-fill that would reduce the potential for mistakes and save time?
Would you like to have an annual tax statement that sets out your income and tax liability for the year?
Would you want to view your annual tax statement if it included your overall personal tax contribution, your average tax rate and other general tax information?
What else could an annual tax statement show that would be of use and/or of interest to you?
What educational material would you like to see to help taxpayers understand and comply with their tax responsibilities?
What areas of the personal tax system cause you most confusion or difficulty?
Do you have any other ideas for how the Government can achieve greater engagement of UK citizens in tax?
How do you think we can engage individual taxpayers to tell us how the personal tax system should be modernised?
To view the disscussion document, please click herehttp://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_ConsultationDocuments&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_PROD1_031736