Those of you who have missed the 31 January deadline for submitting their tax returns online, may be able to avoid a penalty if they have a "reasonable excuse".
HMRC lists the types of excuses that it deems to be "reasonable":
"You can appeal against some penalties if you have a reasonable excuse, eg for your return or payment being late.You will observe that the dog eating your tax records is not deemed to be "reasonable".
What may count as a reasonable excuseA reasonable excuse is normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation, eg:
- your partner or another close relative died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline
- you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your tax affairs
- you had a serious or life-threatening illness
- your computer or software failed just before or while you were preparing your online return
- service issues with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online services
- a fire, flood or theft prevented you from completing your tax return
- postal delays that you couldn’t have predictedYou must try to send your return or payment as soon as possible after your reasonable excuse is resolved.
What won’t count as a reasonable excuseThe following won’t be accepted as a reasonable excuse:
- you relied on someone else to send your return and they didn’t
- your cheque bounced or payment failed because you didn’t have enough money
- you found the HMRC online system too difficult to use
- you didn’t get a reminder from HMRC
If you have a disabilityIf you have a disability and claim to have a reasonable excuse that prevented you from meeting a deadline, HMRC will consider whether you made a reasonable effort to meet your obligation on time."
Good luck to those who were tardy!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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