Taxpayers must not be forced to go digital, UK campaign group says

The pace of change in U.K. taxes should be slowed, and taxpayers must not be forced to keep digital records, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

Ministers of successive governments and civil servants have been willing to listen to, and sometimes act upon, LITRG’s proposals for improving the system, but there are still many areas in which changes could result in significant improvements for low-paid workers, LITRG said in its report, “A Future for the Low-Income Taxpayer,” published on March 30.

The group called for a “robust impact assessment” of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) program and argued that HMRC should take digital progress at “a pace which taxpayers can keep up with.” HMRC launched its MTD pilot scheme on April 3. Read more:

My news story for Tax Analysts, April 4 (paywall)