HMRC have released, 'Timely payment: summary of responses'. These responses include views on the opportunities and challenges of using in-year calculations to calculate Corporation Tax for small companies and Income Tax liabilities.

Responding to the Call for Evidence: Timely payment and the Call for Evidence: Tax Administration Framework, HMRC believe that timely payment, which will reduce the gap between the payment of tax and the income on which that tax is due, could help give taxpayers greater certainty over their liabilities and spread tax payments over time as well as reducing the non-payment tax gap. HMRC notes that:

  • Most respondents recognised the challenges and benefits of timely payment as outlined.
  • The majority of the respondents believed the challenges outweighed the benefits.
  • Concerns were raised about operating a single approach to the wide variety of businesses that the rules would impact.
  • The administrative burden, complexity and associated expense of multiple calculations was also flagged.

Following the responses the government outines the following next steps:

  • No changes to payment timings will be implemented in this parliament.
  • Long term ambition will be developed in close collaboration with external shareholders.
  • HMRC will:
    • Explore the best approach to in-year calculations using a proof of concept pilot.
    • Form and engage with a working group of stakeholders.
    • Continue to improve their Budget Payment Plan, a voluntary tool which allows taxpayers to make more regular tax payments on account.
  • Further consultations will be issued in the future covering any subsequent proposals.

Useful guides on this topic

Call for Evidence: Timely payment
HMRC have opened a new call for evidence about the timely payment of Corporation Tax by small companies, and Income Tax. It seeks views on the opportunities and challenges of introducing in-year calculation and payment of these taxes.

Call for Evidence: Tax Administration Framework
HMRC have published a Call for Evidence entitled ‘The tax administration framework:  Supporting a 21st-century tax system’. It seeks views on how the framework might be reformed.

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Timely payments: summary of responses

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