I'm Richard James and I'm the Programme Director for the Personal Tax Account. I'm delighted that in my first post on this blog I can tell you more about the launch of a test version of the Personal Tax Account. This represents a big step in HMRC’s digital journey.
HMRC already offers an online tax account for businesses and now this innovative new account will help people across the country manage their tax affairs more easily. The account will eventually bring all your information and a host of exciting new services together in one place, putting you in control of your own information.
As we add more services to the personal tax account, you’ll be able to tell us when your circumstances change, so that you have the reassurance of knowing that your taxes and tax credits are always up to date. For many people, that will eventually remove the need to complete a tax return at the end of the year. You’ll receive secure messages to remind you when it’s time to do something, so that you need never forget a deadline. You’ll be able to see immediately what any changes in your circumstances mean for the tax you need to pay, or the money you can receive. And you’ll be able to manage payments quickly and easily online.
We launched the test version of the digital account as a private beta on 2 July – this means we are testing it with invited users to start with. For now the account will provide:
- the ability to view your personal details (name, National Insurance number, and address)
- a Tax Estimate Service telling you how much tax you will pay through PAYE, and allowing you to check the information your estimate is based on – replacing the old-fashioned paper P2 tax coding notice
- links to income tax-related online forms on GOV.UK
Many more services – including Self Assessment, Tax Credits, and National Insurance services – will be added to the account over the coming months. At every stage of its development, we are testing the account with customers. We’re also learning about the help and support that customers need to interact with us through their account. That way when the account goes live, we hope everyone will find it really useful and be able to use it easily.
I’ll tell you more about the account and what we are learning from our testing over the coming weeks, so do keep your eye on this blog. You can sign up for updates on the right hand side of this page.