How to appeal HMRC penalties
We are often asked how to appeal HMRC penalties and if we could make an appeal for a client for charges and interest levied for both individuals and companies.
In recent times HMRC has become quicker and stricter when applying penalties, in a clear attempt to increase tax revenues. There are now new debt collection and management departments in HMRC that deal with this and their job is to notice something outstanding and write for payment and apply penalties.
These debt collection and management departments often do not speak to the main tax departments and are there to only enforce a collection. However they are not like standard debt collection agencies by being more lenient. So when you call them and explain your circumstances more often than not they will allow you extra time to speak to the relevant tax department and resolve the issues before chasing you again.
Obviously they best thing is to be up to date with everything you owe the tax authorities but sometimes genuine reasons hold a person back from doing this.
If you have a clean record in the past of paying tax on time then they may cancel a penalty with just a warning. However if your history is patchy with late payments and previous fines the chances of success are much less likely, as HMRC staff assessing your appeal are given guidelines to punish repeat offenders and be lenient on first timers.
At Tax Affinity Accountants are experts with tax and speaking with HMRC staff and can help you if you need help with your appeal. Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
Tax Affinity Accountants are experts in Tax and Accountancy. Based in Worcester Park and Kingston upon Thames they are considered in the Industry to be expert accountants and advisors for small businesses. Helping and supporting business throughout the UK, they regularly help clients with HMRC investigations and appeal any kind of tax penalty.
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