Just half of mid-sized businesses were positive about the quality of information available to them by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a survey reveals.
Of the companies surveyed, just 51 per cent had rated their overall experience of dealing with HMRC over the past 12 months as “positive”.
Mid-sized businesses that had only used digital means of contact (68 per cent) were more likely to be positive about their overall experience than those that had used both digital and non-digital channels (46 per cent).
With just 34 per cent of companies with 250 or more employees happy with HMRC, the survey found that businesses with significantly more workers were less likely to be positive about their overall performance.
According to the results, just 56 per cent of businesses rated HMRC’s tax transaction accuracy – the most important factor of good customer service, according to the respondents – positively.
Remarkably, just 46 per cent of mid-sized businesses expressed confidence in the way HMRC does its job.
One employer, with a business turnover of more than £10 million, said: “You struggle to get an answer to the question, which is a relatively specific question… You would expect the person at the HMRC end of the conversation to go, ‘okay, I know exactly what you mean, this is what you need to do’, or ‘this is how you would treat it’. Which as a company is frustrating because we’re trying to do the right thing but we’re not sure we’re getting good quality information.”
The full results from HMRC’s Mid-Size Business Survey 2015 can be found here.