Taxation logo taxation mission text

Since 1927 the leading authority on tax law, practice and administration

Using third-party data to pre-populate tax returns and simplify the taxpayer experience

13 April 2021 / Jonathan Yeomans
Issue: 4787 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
The stuff of dreams

Key points

  • Using third-party data to pre-populate tax returns helps to simplify the process and to avoid errors.
  • Estonia is a pioneer in using third-party data tax return pre-population.
  • The OTS has called for evidence concerning HMRC receiving and using third-party data.
  • Is the UK’s tax system too complex and does it need simplification itself?
  • Following the spring Budget financial institution notices may be issued requiring financial institutions to provide HMRC with certain data.
  • How does tax simplification affect the future of tax agents?

Imagine a world where a taxpayer gets a notification that the tax deadline is approaching they sit down to complete their return and two minutes later it’s all done.

Logging in with superfast broadband they had called up a tax return and found it pre-populated with data about their income and expenditure. This has been done using data pulled from various third parties ...

If you or your firm subscribes to, please click the login box below:

If you are not a subscriber but are a registered user or have a free trial, please enter your details in the following boxes:

Alternatively, you can register free of charge to read a limited amount of subscriber content per month.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email directing you back to read this item in full.

Please reach out to customer services at +44 (0) 330 161 1234 or '' for further assistance.

back to top icon