With the tax deadline having just past, we have had many tax-filers contacting us with penalty notifications for failing to file on time.
Every year the UK tax return deadline falls on the 31st January after the end of the tax year. If you are sent a tax return by the HMRC, but do not file by the statutory deadline an automatic penalty of £100 will be issued.
There are however some instances where the HMRC will give lenience.
What is a reasonable excuse?
There isn’t legislation that specifically defines what a ‘reasonable excuse’ is. However, the HMRC generally accept excuses for failing to file that can be regarded as beyond the tax-filers control; such as serious illness.
Time to file
In order to plead a reasonable excuse and it be accepted by the HMRC, you must be able to show that despite the initial delay, you have full intention to rectify the matter i.e. beginning the filing procedure.
Not reasonable excuses
Forgetfulness, ignorance of the law or similar reasons are not regarded as acceptable grounds for a reasonable appeal.
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