Each year HMRC receives a number of unusual excuses from Self Assessment customers who didn’t complete their tax return on time. Below are the top ten excuses received for the 2014/15 tax year.
HMRC will accept reasonable excuses although may require evidence to support the excuse.
Failing to submit and pay the tax owed will result in penalties. The penalties for late tax returns are: an initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time after three months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900 after six months, a further penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater after 12 months, another 5% or £300 charge, whichever is greater.
Note there are also additional penalties for paying tax late which is broadly, 5% of the tax unpaid at 30 days, six months and 12 months.
Those who are submitting their 2015/16 Self Assessment return online for the first time will need to register for Self Assessment Online. Registering for online filing is simple, please see here.
Alternatively, customers can now also submit their return via their Personal Tax Account – it only takes five minutes to sign up for an account.