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Digital tax accounts will change our relationships with private clients and we have a duty to ensure HMRC does right by the tax payer

26 February 2016

As a tax practitioner, I welcome any steps to simplify tax, whether that is by reducing the volume of legislation that we operate within or making the system more straightforward for all taxpayers.

George Osborne's goal to 'transform the experience of millions of taxpayers' by introducing digital accounts for all taxpayers by 2020, recognises that the current system is flawed and can be much improved. There has been much discussion about changes HMRC needs to make to service taxpayers and I,
like many other tax practitioners, have concerns.

We want access to real time information but not at the cost of increasing red tape and compliance headaches for small businesses and individuals. I fear that the introduction of digital accounts will create more work for practitioners, rather than less.

Any unrepresented taxpayers will need t...

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