HMRC asking for ‘less distraction’ more action!’

With just a few days to go until the 31 January Self Assessment deadline, an estimated 3.8 million people have yet to file their tax return.

HMRC said it was expecting more than 12.1 million tax returns to be filed for the 2022/23 tax year, along with any payments owed!

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 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900.
  • After 6 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

HMRC will consider a customer’s reasons for not being able to meet the deadline. Those who provide a reasonable excuse may avoid a penalty.

There are also additional penalties for paying outstanding tax late. These are 5% of that unpaid at 30 days, 6 months, and 12 months. Interest will also be charged on any tax paid late.