Headlines: November 30th, 1999

The Inland Revenue and HM Customs have jointly published details of what they are planning to do to meet the Government’s objectives for e-commerce and e-government.Their paper, E-commerce: the UK’s taxation agenda, outlines how both departments will introduce Internet filing of tax returns during 2000/2001. The Government intends to offer a discount on tax returns filed over the

The Government is concerned to ensure that taxation is not a barrier to the growth of e-commerce, in its goal of seeing the UK as the best environment in the world in which to trade electronically, by 2002.

Though the e-commerce paper is not a consultation document, the Inland Revenue and Customs would welcome views from readers. It is available on the web at: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/taxagenda/index.htm.   CD-ROM copies of the paper will be distributed to businesses with the next regular Tax Bulletin (to be published 13 December 1999). It will also be available at local VAT Business Advice Centres.