Have you seen the recent news coverage about HMRC cancelling their usually strict £100 penalty if you are late with your tax returns?

We need to tell you that this is not new news!

Nothing has changed at the HMRC: they have always accepted an appeal if you have a reasonable excuse for late filing of your tax returns. However, what is ‘reasonable’? The HMRC is tough on these and does not accept any excuse, however ‘reasonable’ you may think it is.

So what is a reasonable excuse?

HMRC states that it is an event which is normally outside of your control, such as the death of a partner or a major fire – and you will need proof.

Penalty appeals are long, expensive and complicated, so make sure you work with us to guarantee your returns are filed in good time. The deadline is still 31st January each year.