HMRC excise tracking to go online
Paper ditched in attempt to thwart fraud
HM Revenue and Customs is to switch from paper to a new online Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) in January.
The department said the new system has been designed to reduce excise fraud.
Before the paper system is halted on the 31 December, traders will be able to try out dispatching goods on EMCS.
To use it, traders will have to register online at HMRC, and they will then be provided with a user ID and activation pin code. Businesses will also be able to also access the system using the department's free online service or by using their own commercial software.
Using EMCS will be compulsory for all movements of duty suspended excise goods in the EU and in the UK, except for intra-UK movements of energy products and certain intra-UK movements of alcohol and tobacco, said HMRC.
"The new system will improve the efficiency of document processing and control of the movement of excise duty suspension goods throughout the EU and in the UK. EMCS will reduce the scope for excise fraud as it will allow member states, traders and HMRC to monitor movements online in real time," said Kerrie Spendiff, deputy director excise and customs, policy and processes at HMRC.
"The important thing is that excise traders enrol early to avoid delays and so that everything is in place as soon as possible. I urge businesses that have not yet registered and enrolled for EMCS to do so now."
This article was originally published at Kable.
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Plenty of time
So about five weeks for a government department to get everyone signed up, the appropriate software downloaded and installed, and the system debugged.
What could possibly go wrong?
Am I the only one...
who read this to find out why HMRC were invoved in exercise tracking?
I was on this project years ago, right before Capgemini did their mass cull of staff to win a few more years of their contract. Don't ask what the budget had spiraled to by the point I left, or why 25 separate European tax administrations all felt they needed to run their own individual projects to build and deliver bespoke applications providing identical functionality and that used a common message format. And people wonder why I'm so cynical about government IT projects and the EU gravy train.