Making tax digital not as easy as pie

The UK government recently consulted on proposals to switch all tax return filing for the self-employed to unspecified new online systems.

Key points in the NUJ's response include the observation that "Journalists will be naturally suspicious of installing any software provided by the government."

The NUJ is alarmed by the possibility that the proposed scheme would discourage freelances from using accountants, and suspects that the government "does not fully understand the nature of freelancing, which could involve a great number of third parties, who would find it burdensome" to have to supply information direct to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

The intended launch date of April 2018 does not give sufficient time to prepare. The full response is at www.bit.ly/NUJ-MTD