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HMRC reviewing Gross CIS Status Late return

HMRC reviewing Gross CIS Status due to late PAYE return in April2020 (by 25 days)

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We have had a letter from HMRC saying they have reviewed the past year returns and one was late (all are paid).  They want a letter explaining why it was late.  The reason was due to a very small company with one office worker that does all the admin, payroll, cis etc.  This staff member had to isolate and was unable to work.  Will this 'reasonable excuse' be acceptable to HMRC or would they revoke the status regardless.

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By bernard michael
19th Nov 2020 10:56

Logic says they should accept it, but logic & HMRC don't always go together

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By lionofludesch
19th Nov 2020 11:06

Who knows ?

There's not much of a Covid track record, is there ?

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By Cheshire
19th Nov 2020 11:26

Wouldnt think on the face of it that the self isolation would cover all 25 days, besides the fact you can still work. As opposed to being actually ill with covid. Dont think that will wash with HMRC, maybe need to strenthen their argument.

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By Duggimon
19th Nov 2020 12:13

Cheshire wrote:

Wouldnt think on the face of it that the self isolation would cover all 25 days, besides the fact you can still work. As opposed to being actually ill with covid. Dont think that will wash with HMRC, maybe need to strenthen their argument.

I would have thought self isolating for 14 days, then catching up on 14 days worth of work while also dealing with the current workload would easily account for a 25 day delay.

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By lionofludesch
19th Nov 2020 12:56

Ah - but - Duggimon, I'm sure you could prioritise your work better than leaving the urgent stuff until the last minute.

I doubt if anyone on here has actual experience of this but, for me, it's not much of an excuse.

Having said that, something Covid-related, unprecedented, blah blah, will probably get you over the line.

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By Cheshire
19th Nov 2020 12:30

Self isolating doesnt mean stopping work. Work from home. If you cannot work from home, then do your admin from home. Surely?!

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By airgead
19th Nov 2020 17:06

Thank you all for your openions and advice

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