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26 January 2006
Issue: 4042 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

Correspondence from readers on topical subjects.

CAAT on the mat

I was amazed to read the statistics on the form 64-8 situation, (Update, Taxation, 12 January 2006, page 357), so I checked the figures in Hansard.
In eight months HMRC processed 778,000 forms, which, assuming a five day week, averages 36 forms per employee per day! I'm not sure what information they have to extract from the forms, but I completed a form 64-8 in under a minute.
S C Tomsett,
R P Tomsett & Co.

Correspondence from readers on topical subjects.

CAAT on the mat

I was amazed to read the statistics on the form 64-8 situation (Update Taxation 12 January 2006 page 357) so I checked the figures in Hansard.
In eight months HMRC processed 778 000 forms which assuming a five day week averages 36 forms per employee per day! I'm not sure what information they have to extract from the forms but I completed a form 64-8 in under a minute.
S C Tomsett
R P Tomsett & Co.

Editorial note: We contacted HMRC for a comment on this and received the following item.

CAAT — a list

As at 8 January the Central Agent Authorisation Team (CAAT) had processed some 875 000 64-8 Forms. Although 64-8 forms can be quickly completed by our customers CAAT staff...

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