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Self Assessment penalty letters going out late

Too busy due to Brexit

There's an article on BBC news site saying some £100 penalty letters will be  going out late due to the department being busy with Brexit. So late that they might not be sent until after the £10 a day penalties start. 

How the hell do they think MTD can be introduced if they can't cope with administering current systems?

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23rd Feb 2019 18:04

Yeah - but they're not bothered about the workload they impose on Joe Public, are they ?

That's his problem. More penalties if he can't cope.

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23rd Feb 2019 18:19

"We expect an increased demand in our call centres as the UK leaves the EU, so we intend to delay the issue of these notices to ensure we can provide the best service to our customers. "

But obviously not to the customers they are writing to.

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25th Feb 2019 09:07

Although there are FTT decisions where HMRC have charged multiple penalties before telling the taxpayer of the first having been cancelled, so there's some comfort there.

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25th Feb 2019 12:42

It was announced in Agent Update 70 - see page 3

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

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to Paul D Utherone
25th Feb 2019 14:04

HMRC wrote:
As part of EU Exit contingency planning, we have decided to make a change to the timings for sending notification of Self Assessment penalties. £100 penalty notices are normally issued in February for individuals in Self Assessment who have not filed their online return on time (by 31 January). This creates considerable demand into our call centres and back offices, as customers contact us to consider their options.
This year, we expect an increased demand in our call centres as the UK leaves the EU, so we intend to delay the issue of these notices to ensure we can provide the best service to our customers. This will release those staff for EU Exit related work......
The latest date that the notices will go out is the end of April, but they will go out sooner if the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed.
That's good, HMRC will have the bulk of queries related to the EU exit done and dusted by the end of April so they can then get back onto late filing penalties.
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25th Feb 2019 14:11

Not a problem, so long as the taxpayers have a reasonable excuse then the penalties can be overturned on appeal and, by HMRC's own standards, "busy with Brexit" would seem to be a reasonable excuse for not meeting simple deadlines.

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to Duggimon
25th Feb 2019 14:19

Ya think? I bet it isn't when the FTT cases start appearing

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to Duggimon
25th Feb 2019 14:28

You would hope so however HMRC specifically list pressure of work as NOT being a reasonable excuse to not do something. Oh wait that is the criteria that they apply to taxpayers, not what they are applying to themselves!

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