Online trust tax returns

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Rebecca Benneyworth
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There have been problems with a number of trust returns this year. HMRC has now issued an updated list of excluded cases for online filing of SA900. You will need to bookmark this if you submit trust returns online.

Those submitting trust tax returns online will be well aware that there have been some problems this year with a number of scenarios. We reported in some detail on these issues in June - see the link above for the full details. HMRC has now included some of these in an updated “Specials and Exclusions” list for the SA 900 returns.

Those filing trust returns over the coming months would be well advised to ensure they have bookmarked the specials and exclusions page so that they can check any problems against the list. As before, a paper cop...

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10th Aug 2009 14:33

Online Filing of Trust Retuens
In a telephone conversation with HMR&C Nottingham Trusts in March 2009 I queried why a tax return filed online in January 2009 had not yet been processed. I was advised that all online tax returns are printed out and then manually input into there system hence the delay and back log.

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10th Aug 2009 18:04

Yes, this was true
Absolutely true last year. I suspect that this year they are going straight in, hence the initial teething problems.

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11th Aug 2009 15:26

Original Post
I'm not sure that this is correct. As I understand it the problems have been identified during the on line verification stage. I believe that all this does is ensure that the Return will be accepted by the Revenue's computer. Whether that means it's going straight in I don't know.

I have had to send paper versions of all my Trust Returns this year because of problems with capital gains and losses. The verification process ensures that the Return will only be accepted if an unintelligible message is inserted into the Return. Whilst being a lot of nonsense it does give the false impression that the Return has been incorrectly completed when it has not.

I do not feel that I can ask Trustees to sign Returns with such a message on it hence the paper Returns.

Brian Leach

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