Good question ...
... which should be answered tomorrow, 9 December 2013, the day of the workshop round at GDS Towers, where tax publishers are invited to a briefing on GOV.UK:
The purpose of this transition is apparently to provide APIs (applications program interfaces) to HMRC's manuals.
We would like to invite all tax publishers to attend a briefing on GOV.UK. There will be an opportunity for questions on the day and if there is a need we can arrange follow up meetings on a later date. The workshop will be held on Monday 9 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Aviation House. If you would like to attend, please contact the HMRC transition team.
What can the tax publishers look forward to seeing tomorrow?
Perhaps an API that calculates the optimal group relief for a typical group of, say, 100 companies? An API that takes into account the fact that several of these companies have different year-ends? Some were sold during the year and others acquired during the year? Some own subsidiaries overseas? With different accounting currencies? The optimal group relief this year may require the amended returns for previous years to be re-submitted? The API will do all this for you and direct debit the taxpayer's bank account to pay the tax due?
Easy stuff. Anyone can do it. Certainly the "elite team of digital experts" at GDS should have no problem.
Harder by far is to get the language right.
Did someone just write "re-submitted"? Oh dear. As GDS tell us:
Oddly enough, despite the word "submit" being so formal and long, it does actually occur on GOV.UK several hundred times, please see the GOV.UK example below. It is just possible that, on this occasion, what GDS said is false and that this is an occasion on which the formal and long word "poppycock" could properly be used.
Plain English is mandatory for all of GOV.UK. This means we don’t use formal or long words when easy or short ones will do.
For example, we normally talk about sending something ... rather than ‘submitting’ it ...
- Published on: 1 September 2006
- Research and analysis
- Departments: DWP