http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politic ... perts.htmlTax reform project running into trouble, say experts
By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
10:00PM BST 09 Apr 2012
The far-reaching reform of the tax system has 'critical' weaknesses that need 'immediate attention', a leaked report discloses.
The project, referred to as Real Time Information, will support the Government’s welfare reform.
However, it has been given an “amber” rating by Whitehall troubleshooters, who warn of possible further downgrades. The project is supposed to give HM Revenue and Customs monthly financial readings. Currently, the tax authorities get the information only at the end of every financial year.
Work on the project was recently reviewed by the Major Projects Authority, a team of Whitehall experts.
A leaked document discloses that the team’s Project Assurance Review identified potentially serious problems.
Instead of giving the scheme a “green” assessment, indicating it is proceeding according to plan, the experts rated it “amber”, for a significant risk of failure. The Daily Telegraph has seen a copy of the Change Programme Dashboard, which senior tax authority managers use to track progress on important projects.