Those who were issued with a tax return for 2010/11 but still have not filed a return (due on 31 January 2012) can pay their fines, and submit the late tax returns. Alternatively, if they are now within the PAYE scheme, it may be possible for penalties to be collected via that mechanism.
For those who are late filers, there should already have been correspondence but this is usually done by post and so anyone who has changed address may not realise that they are in this position.
An HMRC spokesman stressed that the arrival of debt collectors on someone’s doorstep would be at the end of process. However, it is not easy to contact a tax office to make payment whilst a bailiff is standing on the doorstep as local tax office numbers are not widely published.
If you are issued with a penalty notice in this way, the first step to take is to confirm whether you were properly required to submit a tax return, as some of the penalties will not be due. If you are within self assessment, then best advice is to bring your tax affairs up to date promptly and seek to arrange a payment plan to clear the overdue amounts. We can assist with this if you are are affected.
Leanne is a Chartered Tax Adviser, specializing in advising on UK tax matters but also including overseas tax as needed. Leanne is head of Taxation Services at EHL Solicitors in Leicester.Talk to our legal team
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