I’m picking myself up from the floor laughing my socks off today (AKA ROFLMAO) at the latest news from AccountingWeb that “HMRC’s ambitious transformation plans are facing delays as government officials scramble to get the UK ready for Brexit.”
Apparently the Chief Executive of HMRC, Jon Thompson, has declared to the Public Accounts Committee that they (HMRC) are deciding on which projects to delay or stop as resources are reallocated to the enormous amount of work required by Brexit in HMRC.
Of course there was no mention of the fact that it may be difficult to recruit contractors into the Public Sector due to the change in the IR35 rules. Almost every contractor now would be on payroll within the Public Sector; a move which has reportedly seen contractors leave the Public Sector in droves.
Why am I so smug about all of this?
Well back in October 2016 I posted up an open letter to Theresa May, Prime Minister, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Jane Ellison who was at the time the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
The letter said:
I wonder if sense will prevail resulting in Thompson using Brexit as a reason (excuse) to delay the doomed Making Tax Digital Project without egg on his face. We’re told not but if I were in his shoes I certainly would but then again I wouldn’t have started Making Tax Digital in its current guise.
Making Tax Digital is a good idea but it needs to be delivered with a realistic carrot, not a stick, approach ensuring that it is properly scoped out, realisable benefits understood and engagement for those most heavily impacted by the change secured at the outset.