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Thursday, 12 March 2009
Taxpayers Wrongly Penalised
It seems that up to 20,000 taxpayers have wrongly been fined £100 for late filing, despite submitting their returns on time.
Baker Tilly said it realised HMRC had issued a "large number" of incorrect penalty notices when many of its clients, whose returns were filed before the January 31 deadline for online returns, received notices they would be fined.
Baker Tilly contacted HMRC, and was told by one office that the complaints about incorrect penalties had been "added to the growing pile".
A spokesman for HMRC is quoted in The Telegraph:
"No one who submits a return on time will ever have to pay a penalty. We certainly don't want any payments that we have no right to."
Anyone know why the system issued the penalty notices in the first place?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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