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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 - 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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  • 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 - Missing PAYE records
    In a recent court case the Taxman’s right to alter figures included on a self-assessment tax return was challenged. What practical lessons can you learn from the outcome of this case?
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