Archives for July 25th, 2000

TAXPAYER HOPE OF LOST TAX RECORDS DASHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2000

The expectations of many taxpayers were raised when it was reported in ‘Computer Weekly’ that the Inland Revenue computer had lost pay and tax records. The story was picked up by national newspapers and given wide coverage. The flaw in the story was that it was untrue, but the Inland Revenue did explain how someone unfamiliar with their procedures could reach a false conclusion.Every year the IR computer has open records for individual taxpayers without pay and tax details for the particular tax year. This is not because records have been lost or problems with the computer systems. Open records can result , for example, because information has not been received from the employer or someone who was an employee in an earlier tax year has moved into self employment. There are well established arrangements to deal with these situations and ensure that the correct information is obtained and the right amount of tax is collected.

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MOD SETS TREND FOR ELECTRONIC COST CUTTING

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2000

The Ministry of Defence spends some 2.5 billion pounds a year with suppliers on buying everything from catering and clothing to high tech aircraft spares. It claims that it will achieve a 20% saving on output costs over the next five years by introducing an e-procurement system costing 45 million pounds.The Defence Electronic Commerce Service will be the MOD’s single electronic gateway to its trading partners and it will revolutionise the way it does business. The procurement system will include on-line catalogues of products and automatic purchasing transactions. It will allow communication across a variety of technologies and departments and speed up the buying process. The service will be provided through a Public Private Partnership by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young , who it is believed were preferred rather than EDS.

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