HMRC’s Digital Taxpayer Support May 2019 update

Jul 22, 2019

HMRC have asked us to share the latest update.

"Digital Customer Support Services (DCSS) – Agent Forum (May 2019)

Agent Forum (AF)

As at the end of May 2019 the Forum has over 1181 Agent subscribers, up 23 since the last progress report. And 153 HMRC staff. We continue to both build our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) capability, recruiting from across HMRC to improve issue resolution responses and on the introduction of an Agent Forum platform upgrade. We are now at SPRINT 4 of the new upgrade MS Dynamics platform, having undertaken User Research for the platform scheduled for go-Live during June/July. Other performance metrics include over 113k views (up 6k), 4823 posted messages (up 300) on 983 current topics (Up 59), all since July 2017; which are moderated daily with appropriate responses given, as determined by subject matter, related traffic generated and referrals provided by line of business.

Our priority after delivering issue resolutions to agent enquiries continues to be enlisting formal internal HMRC SME engagements and focusing on upgrading the existing platform, which is being developed as an Agile project.  The approved platform is Microsoft Dynamics. We are now entering the final commissioning stages of associated installation, training and data migration activities.

We are still publishing our weekly digest email to all registered Agent forum members. It summarises traffic posted on the forum during the previous 7 days, with dedicated links to specific issues raised. System metrics show it continues to significantly increased agent engagement and forum views.  

We continue to work closely with the Issues Overview Group (IOG) on widespread queries and have held several telecons in respect of Class 2 NI. A key responsibility of the IoG group is to jointly determine what the ‘widespread’ issues priority classification should be for earliest resolution, a key area causing significant traffic relating to Making Tax Digital for VAT.    

The Digital Customer Support Services (DCSS) Agent Team is staffed by a Service Manager and 2.5 FTE Issues Resolution Managers (IRMs), who moderate and run the forum.