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Friday, 20 January 2012
HMRC's Confusing Letter
As my loyal readers know, we are rapidly approaching the 31 January deadline for online filing of tax returns for the tax year end 2011.
The new penalty system (automatic £100 fines for late submissions, even if you don't owe any tax) certainly has caused some heated discussion on this site!
Anyhoo, HMRC to give them credit are making an effort to remind people that the deadline is approaching and that there is a new penalty regime in force.
HMRC have sent out letters entitled:
- "Last chance to avoid the new penalties"
It then sets out to tell the recipient that, if they haven't already filed a paper return, they must file online by 31 January to avoid the late submission fine of £100.
Fair enough, but wouldn't it have been cheaper to only send these letters to those who haven't filed their paper returns or are HMRC records not yet up to date on that?
Anyhoo, moving on, the letter then confusingly goes to to say:
"Please do not file a paper return after 31 January"
This implies that submitting a paper return prior to 31 January is OK.
This of course is not the case, as paper returns filed after 31 October will be subject to a late payment fine.
I humbly suggest that the above phrase should be removed from next year's reminder letters, lest it give people the false impression/hope that paper returns up to 31 January are OK.
It seems that one of my loyal readers disbelieves that such a letter exists (see comment below), I assume that this particular reader is not a member of HMRC staff (as he/she would have been able to check for its existence).
Therefore, in order to assuage his/her doubts, here is a copy:
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