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Tax bodies attack withdrawal of agents’ copies

Leading tax bodies have criticised HMRC’s decision to withdraw or suspend without prior consultation the issue of agent’s copies of forms sent to taxpayers.

HMRC said the review was necessary to reduce costs. The department expected to face ‘significant financial challenges’ over the coming years. The list of forms to be withdrawn or suspended available via www.lexisurl.com/dGZlM includes agents' copies of PAYE coding notices and P800 tax calculations.

The CIOT said it was ‘extremely concerned’ that the measure would result in additional work for HMRC taxpayers and their agents. The ICAEW Tax Faculty observed that ‘HMRC is finding itself increasingly squeezed on resources’.

CIOT Deputy President Anthony Thomas said: ‘This is a seriously short-sighted move from the Revenue. Everybody recognises that there is pressure on all government departments to find savings wherever they can.

'But by keeping tax agents less well-informed about their clients’...

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