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How is HMRC digitalising taxation?

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In this special ‘Insights In Focus’ episode, we discuss the ways in which HMRC is using digital technology to influence tax calculation and collection.

The UK’s first electronic tax return was filed in 1997. Since then, technology has dramatically transformed the calculation of tax, the filing of forms and the way that HMRC and tax authorities abroad receive and use data.

The pace and scale of change is only set to accelerate in the years ahead. So how does HMRC anticipate harnessing digital technology beyond the ongoing rollout of Making Tax Digital?

To find out more, host Paul Aplin is joined by Joanna Rowland, HMRC Director General of Transformation, and Jonathan Athow, HMRC Director General of Customer Strategy and Tax Design.

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Paul Aplin


  • Joanna Rowland, Director General, Transformation, HMRC
  • Jonathan Athow, Director General, Customer Strategy and Tax Design, HMRC


Natalie Chisholm

Episode first published: 3 March 2023
Podcast recorded: 1 February 2023

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members.

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