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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Newsflash - Fines Waived

HMRC will waive penalties for self assessment filings made on 1 or 2 February.

David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said in a statement:

"This strike could have caused thousands of people to incur fines, so I am pleased that HMRC has taken this common sense approach. 

The government does not want anyone trying to file their tax return on time to be unfairly penalised because they were unable to get through for help and advice on the 31st [January]"

However, HMRC have tweeted this rather confusing and contradictory tweet:

"You have until 2 Feb to file your tax return, but do it now to avoid a penalty".

Errm..anyone care to translate that? 

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. This will be because the call centres are on strike on 31st January.

    1. As per this earlier article

    2. Yes, and here's why:

  2. "I am pleased that HMRC has taken this common sense approach."

    Can we really be expected to believe that Gauke himself didn't tell them to do precisely that?

  3. Lol let's look at it this way:

    If you registered before 21 January you have until 31 January to do your return or you get fined.

    If you register between 22 January and 31 January or have an issue with your password you have until 15 February to do your return.

    If you contact Revenue on 31 January you have until 2 February to do it... talk about making a complete hash and confusing the hell out of everyone.