In December I noted that a Tribunal had invalidated an HMRC automated penalty, because it was not created by a "flesh and blood human being".
Almost two months later, and the mainstream media is now reporting the ruling. HMRC remains nonplussed, and is quoted by the Telegraph:
"This case was about whether the company had a reasonable excuse for filing late.However, it should be noted that HMRC did not appeal the ruling, lest they lose and open up the gates of hell wrt negating other automated fines!
This type of penalty is applied to encourage companies to comply with their obligations, to act as a sanction for those who don’t and to reassure the compliant majority that they will not be disadvantaged by those who don’t play by the rules.
Penalties issued by HMRC to those who file late are due and payable. Any taxpayer with a reasonable excuse for filing late should get in touch with us."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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