2019 Report details for project: Making Tax Digital for Business

Project name: Making Tax Digital for Business - there are 3 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: HMRC (D25) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: Delivering requirements to modernise IT architecture, bring tax reporting closer to the point of transaction, removing the need for customers to complete tax-specific returns and/or provide information HMRC already holds, enhancing digital services for businesses and agents and delivering a better customer experience.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: An IPA-led Critical Friend Review in July 2018 gave an overall DCA of AMBER/RED which was in-line with the previous assessment at the PAR/OGC review in May 2018. There were eight recommendations (3 critical, 5 essential). At 30 September 2018, actions to address these recommendations were still in progress. All been fully addressed and closed since. The programme had a further IPA review in February 2019 to assess readiness for VAT mandation from April 2019, which assessed the overall DCA as AMBER/RED. The programme has completed actions to address 6 of the 7 recommendations (which were deemed ‘critical’ or ‘essential’), with progress ongoing on the final one (deemed ‘recommended’). Programme Board on 21 March 2019 gave approval to proceed with VAT mandation from April 2019.
Start date: 2016-04-01
End date: 2021-03-31
Schedule text: In September 2018 the Departmental Delivery Confidence RAG was assessed as Amber/Red which reflected challenges in delivering functionality to enable us to open up the VAT pilot from mid-October 2018. Plans were on schedule but additional complexity and risk was introduced by the requirement to prepare in parallel for postponed VAT accounting in the event of exiting the EU without a deal. There has been no deviation from our plans since that time and we have now delivered the functionality for all customers mandated from April 2019. There are over 89k customers in the VAT pilot as at 28 March 2019, and take-up has now increased further with the service continuing to hold up well.
Baseline: £77.09m
Forecast: £75.15m
Variance: -3.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £334.48m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life costs are based on the latest Programme business case approved by the HMT Treasury Approval Panel on 5 September 2018. It includes investment costs such as IT design, build and development, and running costs to 2022/23. The costs are nominal.
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