Feb 15, 2021: Tax Collection w/ Ecospend

Written by Gertjan De Wilde

We have a lot to share this week and hope you're ready for all of our announcements. As part of our passion to continue providing you with industry-leading information on the open banking segment globally. This update will have the weekly additions to the Open Banking Tracker (Banks, APIs, TPPs, etc.) and a look at how Open Banking is changing the way that taxes get collected!


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Open Banking Use Case Spotlight: Tax Collection w/ Ecospend

The UK tax authority has handed a £3 million Open Banking contract to fintech startup Ecospend, intending to make it easy for taxpayers to submit payments directly from their bank accounts, rather than through debit or credit card. Viewed as a significant boost to the uptake of Open Banking services in the UK, the HMRC worked with the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) on the procurement exercise, which went out to tender last year.

Currently, taxpayers must open their banking software and manually set up a bank transfer payment, opening the possibility that an incorrect reference gets used for payment. Under the new systems, payments will be sent directly from a payer’s bank account, using validated HMRC details to address fat finger errors. The system can also reduce fraud, as money gets transferred without the need to share card or bank details. HMRC expects that Account Information Services will enable it to access customers' transactional data to deliver "enhanced and tailored financial services."

Founded in late-2017, Ecospend has been operating in stealth mode until late last year when it pitched for the HMRC tender. Metin Erkman, founder and CEO of Ecospend, says: “Since founding Ecospend, we have spent the last three-years focused on building our underlying technology and API in-house. Because of this, we’re now able to provide the best solutions, such as our account-to-account payment system for HMRC. But, this is just the first step, we understand if we’re really looking to deliver on the promise of open banking, innovation needs to happen at an ecosystem level, and that’s what we’re here to do.”

Tax Collection

What is the key takeaway…

Open Finance allows for the walls of separation to get torn down, reducing fraud and redundancies in the process. With having your finances integrated with software, the hassle of paying taxes, tracking your bills, and overall footprint gets reduced dramatically as the software does the work for you. This makes everyone happy; the taxpayer has less paperwork, the government gets the right sum, and the possibility of tax fraud diminishes with every customer integration. Not to mention the potential network effect you can create from this…


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