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Progress with making tax digital

Inquiry

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC’s flagship transformation programme. It aims to help businesses reduce errors in their tax records, through the use of digital record-keeping and by requiring them to submit quarterly updates using MTD compatible software. HMRC also intends to move processes and tax records onto a modern tax management platform.

MTD was announced in 2015 and is intended to cover VAT, income tax for self-employed people and landlords and corporation tax - but has so far only been introduced for VAT. The Public Accounts Committee has previously reported on delays and problems in the programme, and in December 2022 HMRC announced changes to re-phase it.

Based on an investigation into MTD by the National Audit Office the Committee will question Jim Harra, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive at HMRC on the progress towards MTD and whether the latest plans provide confidence that the programme will deliver value for money.

In particular this inquiry will cover:

  • HMRC’s original vision and plans
  • progress made before re-phasing the programme at the end of 2022
  • the realism of HMRC’s latest plans for the programme.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by 23:59 on Wednesday 7 June.

Please look at the requirements for written evidence submissions and note that the Committee cannot accept material as evidence that is published elsewhere. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 7 June 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Eightieth Report - Progress with Making Tax Digital
Inquiry Progress with making tax digital
HC 1333
Report
Response to this report
Correspondence from Jim Harra, Chief Executive and First, Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue & Customs, re Treasury Minute response: Progress with Making Tax Digital, dated 19 April 2024
HC 1333
Correspondence
Response to this report
Correspondence from Dame Meg Hillier, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, Jim Harra CB, Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue & Customs, re Treasury Minute response: Progress with Making Tax Digital, dated 20 March 2024
HC 1333
Correspondence
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Eightieth report from Session 2022-23
HC 1333
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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19 June 2023
Inquiry Progress with making tax digital
Witnesses HM Revenue and Customs, HM Revenue and Customs, and HM Revenue and Customs
Oral Evidence
Crundell & Co Accountancy Ltd, and Community Accounting Services Ltd (PTD0001)
Rossmartin Tax Consultancy Limited (PTD0002)
James Cameron (Owner at Cameron Consulting (Scotland) Ltd) (PTD0003)

Contact us

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  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA