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HMRC aims for fully digital tax system by 2020. Yeah, whatever

HMRC has fleshed out its ambitions to make its tax system fully digital by 2020, which will include nothing short of the "end of the tax return for millions of taxpayers". The department has said that by 2016, every individual and small business will have access to their own secure digital tax account, similar to an online …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2015
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HMRC signs up Bain for £10.7bn Aspire migration

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has signed up global management biz Bain to migrate the department off its hefty £10.7bn Capgemini Aspire contract. Under the deal, Bain will receive £20m from HMRC in order to work out a two-year exit plan for the government's "largest ever" IT contract. Michael Larner, analyst at TechMarketView …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2015
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HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

Update HMRC is spewing job applicants' email addresses to potential rivals in mass circular responses it has blamed on "a technical glitch". A reader got in touch to report their email address had been circulated to all other applicants in three instances. In an email seen by The Reg, the reader's address was included in a list …
Kat Hall, 03 Sep 2015
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HMRC U-turns on VAT rules for cloud

HMRC has U-turned on its proposals to hand out VAT refunds just for large system integrators, while forcing public sector bodies purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services to pay the full whack. Last year the body published guidelines that would effectively penalise public sector organisations for buying cheap, standardised off …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2015

HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

HMRC could be reluctant to crack down on VAT fraudsters selling goods online without declaring VAT because of the costs involved, a European tax expert has claimed. Rita de la Feria, a professor in tax law at Durham University, claimed that Amazon and eBay may be liable for VAT if they do not take due diligence and ask …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2015
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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

British politicians will tackle Google parent Alphabet Inc and the taxman over an official £130m back tax settlement. Both the US ad-flinger and HM Revenue and Customs are to be hauled before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Labour MP Meg Hillier has tweeted. Bet individual taxpayers wouldn't get off as lightly …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2016

HMRC bets the farm on digital. What could possibly go wrong?

Comment HMRC has promised to throw £1.3bn at its creaking IT to transform itself into the most "digitally advanced" tax administration in the world. By doing so, it also hopes to save significant piles of cash and offset major cuts. But for many, this whole venture represents a major gamble. To much fanfare the department announced …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2015
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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

The EU's Competition Commissioner has said Europe would probe Google's £130m sweetheart deal with the UK government "if asked" - following growing calls for Brussels to scrutinise the deal. The Scottish Nationalist Party has today written to Brussels to investigate the arrangement. Stewart Hosie MP said: "The truth is that we …
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2016
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Security vendor's blog post pinched to make HMRC phish look legit

Netcraft has found that security firm TrustWave inadvertently gave phishers a helping hand. The situation starts in this December 2010 blog post by Gavin Neale of M86 Security Labs, a company since acquired by TrustWave. Until Wednesday, that post included an image of a faked email from UK taxation agency HM Revenue and Customs …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2015
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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

HMRC is seeking a £20m private sector partner to provide "strategic-level experience" to manage its exit from the £10.4bn Aspire mega IT deal currently underpinning Blighty's entire tax system. The tender issued this week said the partner will "help manage the exit from a large-scale outsourced arrangement that has been in place …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

HMRC is to follow the lead set by the Met Police by setting up a private company to run elements of the tech estate that currently fall under the scope of the failing multi-billion pound Aspire contract. This is the first step HMRC is taking to replace Aspire – the largest single tech contract in UK public sector, which it is …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

Freelance IT workers in the UK have expressed concern about claims that the government plans to force contractors onto the payroll of their clients after just one month of service. It was reported over the weekend that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne would crack down on personal service firms during his spending …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2015

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned. The Aspire contract underpins the collection of £500bn tax income for the government. It has also generated £1.2bn in …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015
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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

The British Government closed a window of opportunity for tax-efficient folk about a year ago that was beneficial to, and widely used by, contractors: the Employee Beneficiary Trust. Only now, though, has HMRC begun chasing those who had employed this shelter. A demand for money on income generated five years ago dropped …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2015

Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

Cooperation between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and foreign tax authorities will only increase as more countries sign up to automatic tax information exchange agreements. This is according to Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, which obtained figures showing a 45 per cent increase in the number of requests for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Feb 2015

Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

In yet another example of a sprawling government contract gone monumentally wrong – the second of the day – HMRC has splashed £7.9bn on an IT outsourcing deal that is looking very tough to justify. Capgemini and Fujitsu won the ten-year Aspire deal – a merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise contract – way back in 2004, and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014

HMRC dishes out tax rewards to GOV.UK... for inking deals with MEGABUCKS SIs

Departments using large system integrators are eligible for VAT refunds from their IT, while those purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services will be entitled to nada, according to the latest draft HMRC guidance. The guidance appears to directly contradict moves by the Cabinet Office to get departments to buy cheap, standardised …
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2014
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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

A campaign group has successfully applied for a judicial review after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs' refused to disclose details of any investigation into a firm accused of selling spyware to oppressive regimes. The High Court in London has now ruled (PDF) that HMRC has to rethink its decision and address Privacy …
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014
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Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

Surrey-based storage player Glasshouse Technologies has been slapped with a winding-up petition over unpaid debts from the tax bulldogs at HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC used to issue these orders like they were going out of fashion because it was first in the queue as a preferential creditor if a business went under as a result …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has said she was "shocked to her bone" that the tax authority used laws put in place to combat terrorism to investigate an employee after he blew the whistle on a deal to let Goldman Sachs cut £8m to £20m from its tax bill. The MP challenged the chief exec of HMRC, Lin …
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HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems

Computer systems operated by the UK's tax authority have been subjected to a cyber attack in an attempted tax scam, it has said. HMRC said that it suspects five men it arrested of using "illegally obtained personal data from third parties" to set up fake tax self-assessment accounts online in a bid to "steal large sums of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2013

UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

Comment "There is no question of HMRC selling data." That's the promise from Whitehall, which is floating the idea of "sharing" sensitive taxpayer information with private businesses. It's the latest in a series of attempts from the Tory-led coalition to turn public and not-so-public data into a moneyspinner for UK PLC. A period of …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
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HMRC ordered to cough up compo for winding-up petition, says Enta

Enta Technologies has claimed that a judgment given at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) last week ordered HMRC to compensate it over a gaffe related to a winding-up petition. As revealed by El Chan, the London Gazette erroneously stated on 29 May that HMRC had issued a winding-up petition against the tech distie, to be heard at …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013

Sellers on Amazon and eBay 'defraud taxman of millions of pounds' - claims peer

Amazon and eBay have been accused of "collaborating with hundreds of overseas retailers to defraud the taxman of millions of pounds every day," during a House of Lords debate on the question of VAT evasion by overseas online retailers. Lord Lucas, who brought the debate, said: "It seems that HMRC has been very slow in its …
Kat Hall, 23 Dec 2015
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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

Google's communications veep has called for reform of the international tax system in wake of the backlash against the company's £130m tax deal with HMRC. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Peter Barron said: “We think that the international tax system, which has been around since the 1920s, could do with reform and …
Kat Hall, 01 Feb 2016
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Enta Technologies consults m'learned friends after HMRC spat

Telford-based distributor Enta Technologies is taking legal advice after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs incorrectly notified the London Gazette that it had issued a winding-up order against the company. The official journal of record yesterday listed the distributor as facing a petition from HMRC, supposedly to be heard on 10 …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2013

HMRC hops back into bed with Microsoft, finds purse £10m lighter

IT reseller Computacenter has brokered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) between Microsoft and HMRC valued at roughly £10m. The agreement entitles Blighty's taxmen to volume discounts on Redmond gear, upgrades and more over the next three years. It is understood Computacenter will take a small cut for hooking up the two organisations …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013
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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

HMRC is advertising for a "cloud transformation director" at a salary of up to £162,000 per year, as part of a bid to claw its IT back from Capgemini. The government is looking at ways to wriggle out of its mega £10.7bn Aspire contract with Capgemini by 2017, which underpins its collection of £500bn in tax each year. Around …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015
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HMRC becomes first gov tentacle to buy cloud through G-Cloud

HMRC has become the first government department to sign a cloud contract through the G-Cloud, the government's online IT services catalogue. Yesterday HMRC signed the contract with Skyscape Cloud to migrate all the tax collectors' data to the cloud over the next six months. It's one of the biggest contracts to be awarded through …
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012
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HMRC: Moving our data to the cloud will make it MORE secure

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to move data it currently stores in local offices to a new centralised government cloud computing depository in a move it says will save it £1m a year and improve on the security of its IT services. HMRC said it had signed a contract with Skyscape Cloud Services to enable it to store data in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Oct 2012

DWP building a separate ID tool as Verify can’t cut it, whisper sources

The Department for Work and Pensions looks to be developing its own version of an online identity tool intended as a way to ensure a secure transaction with government services, according to several sources. The current mechanism for online identification while securing benefits and tax credits is the Government Gateway, which …
Kat Hall, 14 Jan 2016
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UK treasury minister sticks up for HMRC in Google tax row

Treasury minister David Gauke assured MPs that HMRC was doing a good job of collecting all the corporation tax that multinational firms like Amazon and Google owe in the UK during a debate in the Commons yesterday. MPs including the leader of the Public Accounts Committee Labour minister Margaret Hodge and Conservative MP for …
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HMRC Tax Calc

iOS App of the Week The Inland Revenue’s latest on-line tax calculator fell flat on its face when it was launched last week – swamped, no doubt, by starving millionaires desperate to know how much their 5 per cent tax cut was worth. HMRC Tax Calc iOS app   HMRC Tax Calc iOS app Quick input and summary calculation And even when it was up and …
Cliff Joseph, 07 Jun 2012
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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

Calls to crack down on companies selling goods online in the UK without declaring VAT have gathered pace, with a peer and another high profile individual now voicing their concerns that the practice is damaging UK business. The Register has previously reported on the seemingly growing number of sellers based outside Europe who …
Kat Hall, 08 Oct 2015

Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

Recipients of UK.gov's flagship marriage tax allowances have been left unable to identify themselves online, the latest stumbling block in the government's new gaffe-prone identity assurance system Verify. According to the Daily Mail, many applicants were left confused and unable to identify themselves. Labour MP Margaret Hodge …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2015
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'Real time' PAYE pilot goes live at HMRC

HMRC has launched a pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE. Under RTI, employers and pension providers will notify HMRC about PAYE payments at the time they are made, rather than solely at the end of the year. RTI will eventually support the operation of universal credit, the government's welfare programme that brings …
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Hungry reseller bags HMRC big cheese as COO

Kelway has poached HMRC bigwig Steve Lamey to take on the role of chief operating officer to oversee services transformation at the acquisitive London-based reseller. Lamey joined HMRC as CIO in early summer of 2004 and was made COO a little over three years later. Most recently he was director general for benefits and credits …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2012
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HMRC's real-time PAYE pilot trousers 310 more employers

A further 310 employers have joined HMRC's pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE (Pay As You Earn). The latest group of employers join 10 volunteer organisations which have been piloting the scheme since its launch last month. The tax authority said that more than 100,000 employee records have been successfully received …
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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

The director of now-dissolved mobile phone dealer Fima Consulting has been disqualified from managing a limited company for 13 years over his part in a £1m VAT scam, according to a UK government press release. Fiaz Razzak Malik was disqualified following an investigation by the Official Receiver at the Public Interest Unit, a …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015
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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

A bunch of small Welsh business folk are playing the likes of Amazon and Google at their own game, by proposing to move their tax domiciles offshore – with the connivance of the publicly funded Beeb. According to an upcoming BBC documentary – The Town That Went Offshore – five businesses based in Crickhowell, Powys have banded …
Joe Fay, 13 Nov 2015
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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Listicle Today, the UK's tax deal with Google – or rather, corporate parent Alphabet Inc – looks worse than ever. Here's why. 1. Google avoids Osborne's 'Google Tax' Remember the Diverted Profits Tax? Announced in 2014, the DPT was designed to “deter and counteract” companies that “seek to avoid creating a UK permanent establishment” …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2016
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Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne failed to mention IR35 even once during his Autumn Statement to MPs on Wednesday at lunchtime – despite the government recently floating new rules to crackdown on freelancers' tax arrangements. In the small print of Osbo's statement – which in classic style was published after the …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2015
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HMRC snatches back £200m in Aspire outsource rejig

HM Revenue and Customs will save more than £200m by 2017 after renegotiating its Aspire outsourcing contract with Capgemini, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. The Aspire deal covers IT services including desktops, laptops and a number of tax and credit systems such as online VAT filing. The contract, which is …
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Capita hoovers up 1 in every 5 pounds of outsourced UK.gov IT spending

Capita has increased its share of the public sector IT market by one quarter since 2012, despite overall government IT outsourcing spending remaining flat over that period. In 2014, Capita hoovered up £905m in public sector IT spending, up from £671m in 2012. At the same time, overall spend over the last three years across …
Kat Hall, 07 Sep 2015
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Virgin Media gets VAT refund from HMRC

Virgin Media has received a refund of £81.5m from HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) covering VAT payments. The telco said in a short statement that its current contingent liability had been reduced to £23.6m. Virgin Media didn't reveal any further details about the arrangement. In the company's last quarter ended 31 March this …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has promised to tackle multinational internet outfits that divert profits to avoid big tax bills in Blighty. The so-called "Google tax" crackdown will reportedly be a highlight of the thin-lipped, Number 11 occupant's final budget before the General Election, which takes …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2015
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HMRC systems downed by upgrades

The benefits and tax systems are suffering lengthy downtime for upgrade work this week and over the weekend. Our tipster says some of the work hasn't gone very well, specifically in relation to changes to Cisco gear. Callers to HMRC offices are being advised to try again next week as a result. "HMRC have planned upgrades to …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2010
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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

Facebook has once again ponied up corporation tax to Blighty's HM Revenue & Customs – this time around handing over the vanishingly small sum of £4,000 to the Treasury. Last year, the free content ad network coughed up £3,169 to HMRC, but that figure was offset by tax credits. In 2012, Facebook didn't pay a penny in …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2015
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HMRC online tax systems slammed by Private Forum for Biz

HM Revenues and Customs' sprawling online tax systems are not up to the job and small biz folk are paying the price, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Talking in the wake of Treasury's sub-committee critical report into the administration and effectiveness of HMRC, the FPB reckons red tape is strangling small business …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2011