HM Revenue and Customs have made their online tax-help presentations and webinars available for to the public to access 24/7. . .
HMRC have made their online tax-help presentations available to the public ‘around the clock’.
Prior to announcing this change on 11 April, tax payers had to pre-register for live webinars that were streamed online at set dates and times.
HMRC tax-help presentations include:
‘How VAT Works’;
‘The Construction Industry Scheme’ (CIS);
‘Business Expenses and Capital Allowances’;
‘Limited Companies, an Overview’, and
‘First Steps as an Employer’
HMRC webinar presentations last an average of thirty minutes and require specific Windows and Macintosh software in order to watch them.
HMRC pre-recorded presentations are aimed at providing ‘tax help’ to the self-employed and businesses.
For those who are unable to access the webinars online, HMRC also provide ‘text only’ versions that can be requested by calling HMRC on 0845 603 2691.
Although HMRC have introduced an online library of tax-help presentations they will continue to launch ‘a range of live webinars on set dates’, which can be found on their website.
Heading up the HMRC webinar project, Colin Ford said:
“The webinars allow businesses and the self-employed to access this information in a lively interesting format on any day of the year, at anytime, day or night.
“Some people find tax issues daunting, especially if they are setting out in business. The Webinars are one of the ways that HMRC makes tax as hassle free as possible. This library of advice complements the guidance that is already available on the HMRC and Business Link Websites.”
In a report published by the House of Commons Treasury Committee on 6 March 2012, entitled ‘Closing the Tax Gap: HMRC’s record at ensuring tax compliance’,HMRC were told that in order for the correct amount of tax to be collected that the public should be properly educated on their tax obligations through ‘easily accessible information’; a recommendation that HMRC seemed to have followed.
In addition to online presentations that are available ‘around the clock’ on HMRC’s website, the Revenue also has a YouTube Channel that is available to provide ‘further help on tax matters’.
Kevin Kinsella Jnr, of KinsellaTax, said:
“In the old days advice was obtained by walking in off the street and asking; nowadays by texts and phones etc. You can’t make contact with HMRC staff. No names are given, perhaps Fred or Anna, but no second name. It is easier to get an audience with the Pope! So now we have got special webinars to answer the questions. Will it work? No it will crash, be unavailable, like HMRC generally.”
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