HMRC's services having a negative impact on SME productivity

26 Mar 2024

The productivity and efficiency of SMEs is suffering as a result of poor HMRC services, according to members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

In a survey of ACCA members, 66% said that poor HMRC services were having a negative impact on their clients, with small businesses 'bearing the brunt' of this issue.

This is a 14% increase in negative sentiment from the previous ACCA survey in October 2023, demonstrating that SMEs are 'reaching breaking point with the service'. 

Glenn Collins, Head of Strategic and Technical Engagement, ACCA UK, said: 'Our members have repeatedly raised that dealing with HMRC is the number one issue they face in their daily work.

'Repeatedly we hear from our members of delays around basic requests such as VAT registration numbers, and a severe lack of skilled staff to handle more complex enquiries. This most recent survey reiterates our previous feedback to the Chancellor and HMRC and shows that in the space of six months service levels have declined even more.

'ACCA will continue to call for the Chancellor to properly fund HMRC, raise the levels of service standards, and to lean on accredited finance professionals wherever possible to ensure accuracy across the board.'

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