Head of HMRC backs paperless charity tax regime

Dave Hartnett says cutting paper out of compliance would drive down costs


The head of HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that he would like to see a paperless tax regime for charities.

Dave Hartnett, the permanent secretary for tax, was speaking in London yesterday at the launch of the Charity Tax Map. The map is published by the Charity Tax Group and details the taxes charities pay and the reliefs they are entitled to.

"We would like to drive down compliance costs by cutting paper out of compliance in the sector," said Hartnett.

But he said he expected representations from some parts of the sector asking to keep an option for paper filing.

Last year, charities submitted a report to HMRC proposing that they should be able to make Gift Aid claims online.

HMRC has confirmed in a statement that it is "exploring an online filing facility for Gift Aid".

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