HMRC has confirmed that, when a reasonable excuse has been provided, taxpayers who have filed late tax returns have been let off paying a £100 fine for missing the deadline.
The "forgiveness" of those with a reasonable excuse is not just down to HMRC trying to be "fair", but also down to the fact that it is facing a backlog of almost a million letters and staff have been taken off call centre duties to work through the mail.
As one loyal reader noted, the mail backlog is the size of Everest!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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