How should you handle late filing penalties?
Are you one of the 3.8 million individuals who have yet to file their 2022-23 self-assessment return? With the 31 January 2024 deadline already passed, it’s essential to understand the consequences of missing this crucial date, especially if you’re in the UK.
Consequences of Missing the Filing Deadline
If you’ve missed the filing deadline, you’re subject to penalties imposed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Here’s what you need to know:
£100 Fixed Penalty:
For returns up to 3 months late, HMRC imposes a fixed penalty of £100, regardless of whether you owe tax or not.
After 3 months, daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900, are added to your outstanding balance.
If your return is still outstanding after 6 months, a penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300 (whichever is greater) is applied. The same penalty is levied after 12 months.
Late Payment Penalties:
In addition to filing penalties, there are penalties for paying outstanding tax late. These penalties accrue at 5% after 30 days, 6 months, and 12 months, respectively.
HMRC also applies interest charges on any tax paid late.
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What can you do?
If you’re facing penalties due to missed deadlines or late payments, it’s crucial to take action promptly. Here’s how CIGMA Accounting can help:
If you have a reasonable excuse for missing deadlines, you can appeal against HMRC penalties. CIGMA Accounting can assist you in preparing and submitting your appeal, ensuring it meets HMRC’s requirements.
If you’re unable to pay your tax bill in full, CIGMA Accounting can help you negotiate a Time to Pay arrangement with HMRC, allowing you to repay the amount owed in manageable instalments.
Rather than ignoring the issue, CIGMA Accounting advises clients to be proactive and contact HMRC as soon as possible if they’re unable to meet their tax obligations. Ignoring the problem can exacerbate the situation, leading to further penalties and interest charges.
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Why Choose CIGMA Accounting?
At CIGMA Accounting, we understand the complexities of UK tax regulations and the importance of timely compliance. By partnering with us, you gain access to:
Our team of qualified accountants provides personalized advice tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring you understand your tax obligations and rights.
We keep abreast of changes in tax legislation and deadlines, ensuring you remain compliant and avoid unnecessary penalties.
Beyond tax compliance, we offer strategic advice to help you optimize your financial position and achieve your long-term goals.
Take Action Today
Don’t let missed deadlines and tax penalties derail your financial health. Contact CIGMA Accounting today to discuss your situation and explore your options for resolving outstanding tax liabilities. With our expert guidance and proactive approach, you can regain control of your finances and avoid future penalties.