Digital Identity Coming for Scottish Taxpayers

November 16, 2017 Taxation in UK

digital identityEDINBURGH – Paying taxes in Scotland is set to become easier under the government’s project to emulate Estonia’s digital identity system.

The government of Scotland is currently researching the feasibility of implementing a digital-identity system for its taxpayers, similar to the system already in place in Estonia.

Estonia currently stores all information regarding a taxpayer digitally, with “pockets” of information being stored and encrypted in a blockchain format.

The various pieces of information can only be accessed by delegated individuals from departments or authorities related to that information.

The information in its entirety can only be viewed by the person in question, or their legal representative.

By leveraging this information collection system, the tax authorities in Estonia have reduced the amount of time taken to file taxes for an individual to approximately 3 minutes.

The research on the Estonia digital identity system is being completed at a governmental level, and not only by the tax authorities.