The initiative means people no longer have to print out, manually fill in and post their forms. It is also drastically cutting the number of applications being returned, as incomplete or inaccurate forms can be amended over the phone with the help of HMCTS staff.
Over 2,000 taxpayers have already benefitted from the quicker, streamlined system, with on average a quarter of appeals made online since the scheme was introduced.
The move is part of the Government’s £1 billion investment to digitise the court service, making it quicker, simpler, and easier to access for everyone.
Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said:
We are spending £1billion on transforming the justice system so it is fit for the digital age.
Allowing people to submit their tax appeals online is just one example of how we are making the system quicker, smarter, and much more user-friendly.
Online appeals are submitted to the tax tribunal service so that the case can be considered by a judge and, if necessary, proceed to a hearing.
The simplified forms spell out exactly what steps applicants must have already taken, preventing people from wasting time submitting applications which are then returned.
The online tax system continues to develop and in the early stages of 2018 will be extended to cater for an increased range of business.
Other examples of the government’s court reforms which are making access to justice easier for everyone include:
- Launching the first divorce application services online at four sites - making the process easier to understand for divorce applicants and helping to progress applications.
- A new paperless system, in operation at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court, which means thousands of offenders caught dodging fares or using fraudulent tickets can now be punished more swiftly and effectively.
- The increased use of video links - meaning more vulnerable victims can give evidence away from the courtroom and without having to meet their attacker face to face.