I never need an excuse to celebrate and thought the fact that Agent Update has reached its 50th edition should not go unmarked.
In September 2007 the first edition of Agent Update was published and included links to HMRC Podcasts as well as help and advice for victims of flood and those affected by the foot and mouth epidemic. In March 2010 the layout changed to the magazine style we still use and in October 2012 the Working Together and Agent Update publications merged and we started to work with other Government Departments to share news from their areas too.
From the back editions I have read the one thing that stands out is the increase in our digital engagement with you. The first edition mentioned the online services we were making available that would allow you to submit forms and declarations on line, and, by contrast, the latest edition invites more agents to join the trial of the Agent Online Self Serve (AOSS) private beta service for PAYE liabilities and payments which is open to 11 December 2015.
In June 2008 we told you about e-learning modules that we were developing for agents. We now use live and recorded webinars as well as YouTube broadcasts on a range of topics including Income from Property and telling you how to get the most out of agent Toolkits. Why not have a look to see what we have put together for tax agents and advisors?
Each edition takes 2 months from planning to publication with a small team putting together the items that you asked for and the information we want to share with you. These include key messages, news about changes to legislation and consultations, items of interest from other government departments and Working Together updates.
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Please take a look at our 50th edition , and, if you haven't seen it before see what you have been missing, and let me know what you think