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  • Tips & Advice Tax Pro - HMRC errors mean appeal was successful
    HMRC errors mean appeal was successful..Reasonable. Where a tax return is filed late, penalties are usually levied automatically. They can add up very quickly - a return filed 13 months late will incur a minimum penalty of £1,600, even if no tax is actually due. Pro advice 1. In some circumstances the return issued is not really needed, e.g. if your client has omitted to notify HMRC that they ceased self-employment in the earlier year. If this is the case, call the agent dedicated line and request the return...
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - HMRC hammered by tribunal over penalties
    HMRC hammered by tribunal over penalties..Late tax return. HMRC issued fines to Mr Pokorowski (P) for submitting his tax return late despite a serious illness resulting in him becoming homeless and then resident in a hostel. HMRC said this was not a valid excuse for the late returns. P appealed to the First-tier Tribunal. In cancelling the fines the judges remarked that HMRC’s actions were “scandal” , “ridiculous” and showed “absurdity” . The moral of the story is to persist with an appeal if you...
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  • Tips & Advice Tax Pro - Appeals are getting tougher
    Making an appeal to the tax tribunal can be a complicated process, but a string of recent decisions appear to show that you will need to be more careful than ever in respect of time limits. What’s changed and how can you avoid problems?
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - Were you late for a good reason?
    Were you late for a good reason?..Amusing epic fails. HMRC recently released a short tongue-in-cheek video showing a few of the lamest excuses it’s been given for missing the self-assessment deadline. The pick of the bunch was the taxpayer who tried to wriggle out of the late filing penalty by claiming “my partner’s been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house” . We assume HMRC refused to cancel the penalty on the strength of that! No joke. The initial penalty for missing the 31 January 2018...
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  • Tips & Advice Tax Pro - Fees to be introduced to challenge HMRC?
    The Ministry of Justice may soon introduce a fee to bring a case before the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. If this goes ahead, what will it mean for your clients?
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  • News - Penalties - the Taxman's new line
    HMRC has a new approach to appeals made against tax return late filing penalties. So if you happen to miss a deadline, how might you be affected?
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - New interactive VAT appeal form
    New interactive VAT appeal form..Surcharges. Where a business submits more than one VAT form late, HMRC can fine (surcharge) it. The surcharge starts at 5%, but where there are further late returns it can increase to 15% of the VAT due. If there’s a good reason for the lateness, e.g. IT problems, an appeal can be made (see The next step ). New form. While you can appeal against a surcharge in a letter, HMRC now provides an interactive online form which makes the job easier and should speed up processing (see...
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - Challenge the Taxman - if you can afford the wait
    HMRC’s tax enquiries have become increasingly aggressive. This has led to a huge backlog of tax appeals waiting to be heard. In view of this, what alternative steps can you take to resolve a quarrel with an awkward inspector?
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - Challenging the Taxman
    After a long trial HMRC has opened its alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service to all SMEs and individuals. But when and how should you use it?
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  • Tips & Advice Tax - Overturning a VAT assessment or decision
    Your quarterly returns have always run like clockwork, but a visit from HMRC has resulted in a demand for further VAT. You don’t agree with this, but what steps can you take to overturn it without running up a massive accountants’ bill?
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