Peers invite evidence on likely impact of Making Tax Digital reforms

A House of Lords committee has invited evidence on the likely impact of the controversial Making Tax Digital (MTD) reforms as the UK government prepares to release its long-awaited responses to six consultations. HM Revenue & Customs defended the plans after a senior member of Parliament warned this month that MTD “could be a disaster” without sufficient care …

Research published by HMRC on January 20 explored the experiences of taxpayers who had received “assisted digital” support … The research report was dated February 2016 and was based on research done in 2014 and 2015. Asked why it was not published until January 2017, an HMRC spokesman told Tax Analysts that while the report looked at the type of support customers need for digital engagement, it was “not strictly part of HMRC’s work for MTD and was not published as such.”

More details on MTD will be published shortly, he said, adding that HMRC is “committed to publish any customer research findings and will always endeavour to do this in a timely manner.”

Read more: My news story for Tax Analysts, 26 January (paywall).