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How to access HMRC staff manuals as they are moved to GOV.UK

HMRC staff manuals are moving to GOV.UK and the old HMRC website no longer has a search facility. The manuals remain searchable only by using external search engines.

Since the HMRC site closed to new material back in December, it has remained possible to search within the old HMRC website, because the contract under which that search facility was provided remained in effect. That contract ended on 31 August 2015.

HMRC says: ‘What does this mean for HMRC customers? We’ve advised the tax agent and adviser community via Agent Update that the HMRC staff manuals are moving to GOV.UK over the coming months. So the impact for external users of those manuals will be short-lived. Once a manual is moved to GOV.UK it will become fully searchable again. The impact should be minimal as the contents of HMRC’s manuals can still be searched using external search engines, such as Google or Bing.’

Article contributed by ACCA In-Practice