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UK Digital Tax Reporting Concessions Sought

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

07 December 2016


Millions of UK taxpayers without internet access will be unable to comply with HM Revenue and Customs's proposed mandatory online reporting rules, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has said.

LITRG urged the Government to make concessions to ensure that those who are not confident with using online technology or do not have an internet connection have alternative options to meet their tax obligations when mandatory digital reporting is introduced in 2018.

LITRG said that 10 percent of the population will never be "digitally engaged" and more than five million adults have never used the internet.

"Those who do not routinely go online struggle to see the benefits it can bring and others do not want to because they do not feel it is safe," said LITRG chairman Anthony Thomas. "As more and more services move online, such as the ability to make new Tax Credit claims online as announced in the Autumn Statement, we urge HMRC and wider government to look at its digital drive very seriously in light of our report and address real-life issues faced by a significant number of people in the UK, often the most vulnerable in society.

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