HMRC spends £48m on tablet computers for Making Tax Digital team
Analysis of HMRC transparency data by Definition’s fintech PR team, on the eve of the launch of Making Tax Digital in April, revealed a £48,301,234.86 spend on tablet computers over the last 12 months (March 21-Feb 22).
The largest investment came in January this year with a £10,870,673.98 outlay.
Total leased: £6,789,763.28
Total bought: £10,311,867.81
Total leased: £10,828,974.74
Total bought: £48,301,234.86
This is a 368% YoY increase on tablet computer spend from the previous 12 months (March 20-Feb 21) and massively dwarfs the £10,828,974.74 spent on leasing tablets over the same time period.
£28.3m of the tablet spend went to supplier CDW LTD in 21/22 with CHG-MERIDIAN COMPUTER taking just over £18m in the same year.
The Chief Digital and Information Officer Group (CDIO) was listed in the transparency records as the ‘expense area’.
A source within HMRC said:
“The CDIO team has been the driving force behind the Making Tax Digital campaign that launched in April – but the team’s remit has expanded since Brexit with ‘modernisation’ being a main focus of theirs.”