The pace of work over the past few months since my last blog hasn't slowed. There are a lot of new features we are working to introduce into the Business Tax Account (also known as Your Tax Account), including making it easier for you to get answers to your questions within the digital service so you don't need to call us.
Making our code available to the public
One of the big things we have been working on for the tax account service is making our code - the script our developers have written to build the service (known as libraries) available to the public. This means developers will be able to see what we have done, suggest improvements and/or reuse the code themselves. This is part of our commitment to the GDS Service Standard. The work we have been doing is ground-breaking for HMRC and we're among the pioneers across government for a service of the Business Tax Account’s complexity. It's not an easy thing to do and we need to make sure when we make our code available to the public it's safe to do that. We've now got a few sections of our code open to the public and we've already had feedback from a member of the public in Brazil!
Performance dashboard now available
I'm pleased to say we now have two performance dashboards live on GOV.UK - one for the Business Tax Account (https://www.gov.uk/performance/your-tax-account) and another for Online Card Payments (https://www.gov.uk/performance/hmrc-online-card-payments).
I really must pass on my thanks to the Performance Platform team at GDS - particularly Urmy and Aaron - who have provided no end of support to help us get these dashboards to a good place, often against challenging timescales.
Finally, we're already starting to think about the things we need to develop within the Business Tax Account service during 2016-17. We're looking at what you told us would be most useful for you and we'll be undertaking specific user research over the next couple of months to make sure we are focusing our work against the things that will deliver the greatest benefit.
I’ll keep you posted on what we are learning from user research and how the Business Tax Account is developing over the coming months. You may want to sign up for updates on the right hand side of this page so you are alerted to future posts.