Feeds

Sheer weight of Brits' interest knackers new tax tool

HMRC web calculator flooded by 400,000 punters

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Hundreds of thousands of Brits were so keen to check what the government does with their tax that they crashed a new online expenditure calculator.

The service was launched on Monday by HMRC, and promptly fell down again after getting 400,000 visitors before midday - although the service is now limping back to functionality.

Taking into account how much money you're paid, the HMRC calculator shows how much of your tax is spent on education, health, defence and other areas. The calculator can also help people and bosses work out tax bills.

"Well over 400,000 people have accessed our online calculator resulting in a much slower service than we would like and for which we apologise," HMRC spokesperson Patrick O'Brien said, assuring us that a full service was being restored and that the mobile applications are unaffected.

The calculator is primarily aimed at people who are on Pay As You Earn (PAYE), the widespread system used by employers, and HMRC says that individuals' data is not stored after the calculation has been run.

The tool is available as iPhone and Android apps for those who want to audit their finances "on the go". The software has picked up a four-star rating on iTunes and a 4.5-star rating on Google Play. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.