This is our last newswire of the year. We have lots of useful news on new COVID-19 support, the Welsh budget and interest rate changes, together with case reports and updates. I am also very worried about Making Tax Digital (MTD) and the proposal for quarterly payment of Income Tax. 

I have been reconciling various taxpayer accounts to HMRC's records, as one does from time to time. I have looked at VAT, Income Tax and Corporation Tax accounts. In nearly every case I am hampered by a fundamental problem: we, as in tax agents and taxpayers, are not shown the whole picture of a taxpayer's account by HMRC. This is not a new problem, but it's nearly 2022 and we are being forced to work in the dark ages! We are given selective information and then that is undermined as something or someone in HMRC makes peculiar allocations of payments. I genuinely do not understand what happens to accidental overpayments. They are not shown as being made and they often seem to disappear in the 'ether'. 

I have written an article highlighting some mystifying errors on HMRC's new MTD for VAT Agent Services Account. If you have similar issues do add a comment. I note that HMRC has updated what we can see for PAYE, and that is helpful. What we need is a transaction history on each tax account. When do we want it? Now! 

I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas, or if you do not celebrate that, that you have a very enjoyable seasonal break.

Back soon, 

Nichola Ross Martin FCA CTA (Fellow)
Tax Director


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