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A non-alignment movement?

12 January 2006
Issue: 4040 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Admin
A reader responds to the consultation document, Aligning Filing Dates for companies.

THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT Aligning Filing Dates for companies was issued jointly by Companies House and HMRC in November 2005 (see www.companieshouse.gov.uk/pressDesk/Condoc25_11_05FilingDates.pdf). The foreword explains the background to the document.

'The Hampton Report "Reducing Administrative Burdens" was published in March 2005. As a tax authority rather than a regulator HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was outside the remit of the review but aims to take a similar approach. Hampton suggested that synergies between Companies House and HMRC should be explored particularly in relation to the data required for filing accounts under company and corporation tax law.
This paper launches a joint consultation by HMRC and Companies House (an executive agency of the Department of Trade and Industry). It proposes measures to remove an overlap in their requirements and to join up processes.'

I am responding as an in-house tax manager of a large multinational...

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