New technology would allow Inland Revenue to receive accurate income information from employers and other payers of income. Inland Revenue could then provide an individual with a secure online ‘tax statement’ showing those income details. This could include amalgamation of various tax interactions in one place (for example, including donation rebates). The key would be to make that interaction as simple as possible.
The only action required for the vast majority of customers would be to check and confirm details. Some people would also need to report other income received, such as overseas income, if there was no tax deducted at source.
Do you agree with the idea of requiring individuals to interact with the tax system by online tax statements?
If not, why not?
Is there anything else we should consider?