Self Assessment Tax – new regime significantly increases penalties for late filing

17 January 2012 |

For the
tax year 2011/12 there is a new penalty regime for late filing of tax
returns and the late payment of tax.  Under the new regime penalties for
filing a tax return six months late could exceed £1,300.

The new penalties – late returns

Revenue &Customs (“HMRC”) considered that the old penalty of £100
did not act as a deterrent for late filing of tax returns.  The new
penalties for late filing of tax returns are as follows:

  • A £100 penalty will be imposed from the day after the deadline. 
    This will be imposed even where the tax is already paid or there is no
    tax to pay
  • A daily penalty of £10 up to a maximum of £900 where the return is greater than 3 months late
  • Additional penalties of the greater of 5% of the tax due or £300 where the return is over 6 months late
  • Further penalties of the greater of 5% of the tax due or £300 where the return is over 12 months late
  • In serious cases penalties of up to 100% of the tax due may be applied

The new penalties – late filing

Penalties for paying your tax late are as follows:

  • 5% of the unpaid tax if 30 days late
  • A further 5% of the unpaid tax if 6 months late
  • A further 5% of tax unpaid tax if 12 months late

For further information or to discuss the issues raised, please contact Guy Abbiss, Stephen Wright  or Bina Gayadien on +44 (0) 20 3051 5711


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