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HMRC hopes for a smooth online filing process

HMRC hopes for a smooth online filing process

The October deadline for filing paper-based SA100 tax returns has passed and HMRC are now looking at how they can ensure that the 31 January deadline for filing online runs without any glitches.

In its ‘Working Together’ publication, HMRC told tax advisers that the recent investment in the online system would result in an efficient and “smooth running” year end.

Last year, HMRC implemented a 24-hour turnaround target for contractor accountants and tax agents who wanted to file their client’s returns online. According to an HMRC spokesperson, this was a ” resounding success” with nearly 150,000 64-8 authorisations processed on the last day in January.

The new fast track UTR system, also launched last year, helped speed up the processing of more than 15,000 applications from self-employed contractors and freelancers. To further assist agents, two new voluntary toolkits have been developed by HMRC. These will be piloted up to 31 January 2010 and will be evaluated during February and March.

More and more people are now submitting their tax return online. Last year, people filing online outnumbered paper-based returns by more than two to one.

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