The Belfast Telegraph report that McGrigors are of the view that thousands of taxpayers may have been unfairly fined for paying tax late or failing to file their tax returns on time.
A spokesman for McGrigors is quoted:
"The law says that taxpayers should not be fined if they have a 'reasonable excuse' for late payment of tax or an overdue tax return.
Legislation does not define the phrase 'reasonable excuse', but the string of recent rulings against HMRC has made it clear that HMRC's official interpretation is too narrow."
Jason Collins, from the firm, is also quoted:
"The spate of recent cases suggests that HMRC has been imposing penalties far too harshly on taxpayers who have genuinely tried to comply with the law.
Thousands of taxpayers are likely to have been wrongly fined, yet very few challenge these fines.
This is because the way in which HMRC's guidance is worded makes taxpayers think they would stand little chance in a tribunal.
Taxpayers who feel they have been unfairly fined really should challenge HMRC.
HMRC really has become a law unto itself where fines are concerned.
The courts have made it clear that HMRC's guidance on fines is at odds with the law, and that its definition of 'reasonable excuse' should not be taken at face value."
When unelected state bureaucracies become "laws unto themselves", the foundations of our democracy are dangerously undermined.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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