This is a statement from a representative of Musicians Union who supports this petition:
"Before Christmas I met with the Equity finance official who was lobbying hard, with our support, to greatly increase the threshold at which the self-employed would be forced to make quarterly tax returns. This week I heard, unofficially, that the threshold is likely to be raised from the current proposal of 8k to 20k. This is still not enough for our liking as it will affect far too many of our members.
Again, unofficially, I understand that HMRC are not going to provide their own software to make this easier, but instead are trying to push this app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1tap-receipts-hmrc-self-assessment-tax-accounting/id1092491157?mt=8 as a way of smoothing the process."
As the MU rep says - the threshold is still way too low. And it is interesting that the Government assume we are all able to access apps and process information through them easily.