By Jonathan London on 20th January 2015

HMRC trialling programme ahead of tax return deadline

With the deadline for the self-assessment tax return next weekend (January 31st), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it is trialling GOV.UK Verify, the government’s verify identity assurance scheme.

The trial is running on a small scale up to midnight on January 27th and contractors who logs on prior to this date to submit their tax return (make sure you do so on time or you will find yourself receiving some hefty fines!) will notice that there is now the option to sign in with GOV.UK Verify.

Of course, this is just an alternative and those with an HMRC account can log on as usual if they wish to do so. After all, it is just a trial taking place, with the purpose so HMRC can learn how the services (GOV.UK Verify and the self-assessment tax returns) work together for those needing to file their return.

As part of the trial there have been 3,700 people so far who have successfully been able to verify their identity, although this accounts for 60% of individuals who have attempted to do so . HMRC are planning to re-open GOV.UK Verify fully from mid-February to ensure the usual last minute rush to file tax returns is not impacted ahead of the 31st January Deadline.

HMRC has said that the reason the initial trial is ending before the deadline is because of the sheer volume of users who will wait to access the service in the last few days leading up to it and the confusion they may face should they not have already registered with GOV.UK Verify. In fact, according to HMRC, ten per cent of the self-assessment tax returns for the year will be submitted on the actual deadline.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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