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Coronavirus: Tax compliance and communicating with HMRC

ICAEW insights, technical guidance and news updates on tax measures affecting UK tax compliance and changes to contacting HMRC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HMRC relaunches the agent dedicated line

HMRC is restoring priority access to the ADL from Monday 14 June 2021 and committed to call waiting times of less than 10 minutes. However, the ADL will not handle certain types of calls where digital alternatives are available.

NIC Bill confirms reliefs for Freeports and broadening of DOTAS

The government has published the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which legislates reliefs for employers of veterans and those operating in Freeports, as well as for the self-employed isolating due to COVID-19. The Bill will also enable upcoming changes to the DOTAS scheme to apply to national insurance avoidance.

ICAEW urges HMRC to address poor service levels

ICAEW members are reporting that poor performance is being experienced across almost all HMRC services and ICAEW has been pressing for greater transparency about the problems being experienced and for a clear recovery plan. The Tax Faculty outlines the problems that have been raised and the action it has taken.

ICAEW technical round-up: April 2021

This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include news on the fourth self-employed grant, new EU sustainability disclosure rules and how auditors can report on irregularities, including fraud.

Mitigating against exclusion as digitalisation transforms tax

COVID-19 is likely to further spur the global trend towards tax digitalisation. David Lyford-Smith from ICAEW’s Tech Faculty considers changes that will help automate processes to make them more efficient and points to ongoing challenges, such as digital exclusion.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 31 March, which includes: HMRC repackaging its guidance on tax implications of cryptocurrencies and rate change for COVID statutory sick pay rebate scheme.

ICAEW technical round-up: March 2021

This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include updates on the government’s corporate governance reforms, Budget and Tax Day announcements and further news on COVID support schemes.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 24 March, which includes: new support on the tax treatment of paying employee transport costs due to COVID-19, an error in CWG5 and a reminder of self-assessment payment deadline.

ICAEW technical round-up: February 2021

24 February 2021: This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include updates on self assessment penalties, IR35 changes and a major change to the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

HMRC charts its performance in 2020/21

10 February 2021. HMRC’s quarterly performance statistics for October to December 2020 show that it continues to struggle to provide an adequate level of customer service. Alongside the data HMRC has published a commentary as it did in the last quarter.

Expert support for faculty members on key tax issues of 2021

10 February 2021: Respected tax authority Rebecca Benneyworth has written two new TAXguides offering valuable insights into the key issues facing agents at the start of 2021 and exploring what business structure has the lowest tax burden.

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