Chiene + Tate warn that hard pressed farmers and rural businesses are facing unnecessary extra pressures and costs because of the Government’s drive to insist on tax returns and documents being filed online.
There is particular growing unrest over the mandatory requirement for all VAT returns to be submitted online from 1 April, 2012 because of the unreliability of internet connections in rural communities.
Tax Partner Helen Mackenzie said the pace of change with regard to internet use is becoming unnerving and the announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that 10 UK cities will see improvements to their broadband access has done nothing to ease concerns.
Chiene + Tait is now advising that unless there is an unlikely change of direction from HMRC, all VAT registered businesses should proceed to register for online VAT filing before 1 April 2012.
Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants, based at Dublin Street Edinburgh, is one of the leading independent accountancy firms in Scotland. In 2010 the firm celebrated its 125th anniversary and has enjoyed significant success over the years with an impressive client base throughout the UK. In addition to accounting, the firm offers advice in the fields of assurance, VAT, employment, personal and corporate taxation, management accounts, risk advisory, corporate finance, specialist sector advice and Tax, IT and HR consultancies.