“Selling the public a DIY self assessment kit that’s five years out of date beggars belief,” said Hall. “There’s been various tax changes since then, not least numerous changes to the annual allowance, so any member of the public using these could find themselves getting into a real mess, and potentially facing an HMRC fine as a result.
“I’ve brought this issue to WHSmith’s attention and am pleased they have agreed to withdraw these from sale as a matter of urgency. If a member of the public needs help with their tax return I’d suggest going to a qualified professional such as an AAT licensed accountant,” continued Hall.
Returns due in January 2020 correspond to the 2018-19 tax year, and those who fail to file on time face automatic fines of £100, rising to more than £1,000 for returns which are filed more than a year late.
In a statement, WHSmith said it was removing the book (pictured above) from its stock system at once and it had been on sale “in error”.
“We take our responsibility for the products we sell very seriously,” the statement continued, “and we are removing this product from sale immediately.”
The store also confirmed that it would be investigating whether the sale was a one-off at its Sevenoaks Store, or if the book had been available elsewhere.