Stephen Hardwick's assertion that penalties are the correct way to encourage people to submit their tax returns and pay their taxes on time:
"We use penalties purely to encourage on-time filing."
It seems that others are willing to think outside of the box, and use other means to encourage on time filing and early payment of tax liabilities.
Cameron's Behavioural Insight Team have proposed that anyone who files their tax return, two months early, could have a chance at a £100,000 prize.
Let's see if this ever gets off the drawing board then!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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