HMRC to accept bulk appeals for late tax return penalties

Mar 23, 2021

Accountants will be able to send bulk appeals against late-filing penalties for tax returns filed after 28 February 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC has announced.

The news comes as HMRC has already waived late-filing penalties for individuals who were unable to file their 2019/20 self-assessment tax returns by 31 January, provided they did so by 28 February.

HMRC has said it recognises the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on businesses and individuals, who might experience difficulties meeting their filing obligations.

As a result, coronavirus may be accepted as a “reasonable excuse” for any appeals made against late-filing penalties.

Agents and accountants can use the appeal forms, which are available from 24 March, to complete a bulk appeals form for late filings, on behalf of clients who could not file their self-assessment tax return due to COVID-19.

The process is available for a period of six months.

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