Tax / European Commission consults on digital taxation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU can ensure that the digital economy is taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way, arguing that the current tax framework cannot capture activities which are increasingly based on intangible assets and data

Tax / HMRC’s email system hit by network issue

HMRC has announced that it is currently unable to send or receive emails, which has impacted its business helpdesks and taxpayer submissions, due to a network issue which is affecting a number of organisations in the UK

Tax / HMRC races to update IT system to handle dividend tax change

HMRC’s own computer systems have been unable to deal with the slew of changes to dividends and interest income introduced for the year ended 5 April 2017 so it is having to take swift action to address the problems, warn RSM head of tax risk and investigation Mike Down and tax manager Sarah Saunders

Tax / Warning of fake HMRC VAT email scam

Cyber criminals have been targeting UK taxpayers with fake VAT return messages claiming to come from HMRC which, when opened, could infect PCs with a Trojan virus and allow them to take over the victim’s computer, according to information security specialists Trustwave

Tax / HMRC stops one million visits to deceptive websites

HMRC has averted over a million visits to deceptive websites, including those which promote misleading and costly helpline numbers, with actions which include taking control of some dubious online links

Tax / Free software for Making Tax Digital not viable, says Xero

Accountancy software provider Xero has said providing free programmes for Making Tax Digital quarterly reporting is not practical and should not be expected as the costs to build the software and provide a good service to taxpayers are too high, reports Amy Austin

Tax / Ireland referred to ECJ after failure to collect €13bn Apple tax

Ireland has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after failing to collect €13bn (£11.5bn) from US technology giant Apple

Tax / OTS to examine use of IT to simplify tax system

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is to look at how advances in IT could simplify the design or administration of the tax system, particularly as Making Tax Digtal forces exclusive digital reporting and Blockchain currencies go more mainstream

Tax / Lack of awareness slows take up of HMRC webchat facilities

HMRC’s online webchat service scores highly for customer satisfaction, but too few taxpayers are aware of its existence and so fail to make use of it, research has found

Tax / PAYE updating service hit by HMRC IT problem

HMRC has reported IT problems stopping taxpayers from filing tax returns for 2016/17 and an issue affecting PAYE accounts, which means they are not updating correctly

Tax / ATT president calls for larger-scale MTD pilots

President of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) Graham Batty has called on HMRC to broaden the scope of its Making Tax Digital pilots, both in terms of number of participants and duration

Tax / ‘No decision’ on free software as Iris set to release first MTD-compliant package

Accoutancy software provider Iris has yet to decide whether it will provide free Making Tax Digital software as it is set to release the first programme which will allow users to make quarterly submissions by participating in HMRC’s pilot scheme, reports Calum Fuller

Tax / European Commission seeks action on digital economy taxation

The European Commission has set out its own path towards a new taxation policy for the digital economy which it wants all member states to endorse, saying the current framework does not fit with modern realities, and global progress on this issue is not adequate

Tax / Microsoft IT head hired to lead HMRC’s digital transformation

A year-long recruitment process has resulted in HMRC appointing Jacky Wright, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, as chief digital and information officer to oversee the tax authority’s digital transformation, taking over from interim Mike Potter

Tax / Roy-Chowdhury: end of fossil fuel taxes will dent Exchequeur

Public finances must adapt to a future without fossil fuel cars but the Treasury will find it hard to take the  loss when the cash cow of £28bn in annual fossil fuel taxes dries up, warns Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at ACCA