£200 million is to be invested in HMRC’s digital services, which they believe will reduce their costs dramatically. Shaikh & Co will always use the increasing range of HMRC digital services to the advantage of their clients, providing a personal service which gets their tax affairs up to date and ensures no tax planning opportunities are missed.
It certainly looks like it won’t be long before HMRC are left with nothing much to do except check tax returns. That will be done with an overall reduced workforce, but as a result, more of their staff will be freed from doing other tasks and could probably be reallocated to compliance checks. On our part we will always seek to reduce the chances of a tax return being queried in any way.