Registered client mid-November 2015 for 5th April 2015 return. UTR received on 30th November (quick) and return filed on that day. Out of the blue, our client gets a £1200 penalty letter from HMRC on 3rd January 2017. The UTR is different and so is part of the post code. As no 64-8 in place for this UTR, asked client to phone HMRC. After braving the voice mail system, first thing our client hears is "are you phoning about a duplicated self assessment registration?" This makes me believe that there are others out there who will also have received £1200 penalty notices. This was the first my client had heard of the duplicated UTR. No notices of registration or to submit a return were received. It is appalling that the first contact is a £1200 penalty letter. Needless to say the client was initially shocked, until I was able to provide the assurance that the 2015 return was correctly filed and that this was an HMRC error. Anyone else had a similar experience?
5th Jan 2017
Duplicate self assessment registration
Received £1200 penalty notice for a duplicate registration
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