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Monday, 19 December 2011
HMRC Quick Off The Mark
It is nice to see that HMRC don't always delay communicating with their "customers" (ahem).
This year they have sent some taxpayers a special Christmas message.
The Independent reports that HMRC have been very quick off the mark to send out penalty notices to taxpayers, telling them that they have been fined £100 for not submitting an online tax return for 2011.
Unfortunately, there is one small fly in HMRC's oinkment, the deadline for the online tax returns is in fact January 31 2012.
Angela Beech, a senior tax partner at Blick Rothenberg, is quoted:
"The Revenue has got it wrong again and is causing unnecessary distress during the festive season. We have seen several demands and while the deadline for paper returns is passed, people have until 31 January to file online."
She went on to highlight the case of one of her clients who had been told that he did not need to complete a return, yet has already been fined £100 for not sending any return.
"Not only that, but for every day the return is late he will be fined £10. People are being asked to pay their fine within 30 days and are being told that if they haven't paid by then, penalties of £10 per day can be charged for the next 90 days, making a whopping £1,000 fine for a tax return you didn't have to file."
HMRC don't seem to have issued a comment yet on this, but it seems to be down to an IT error.
As with all IT systems, they are only as good as their design and the information put into them.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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