12,000 Tax Payers Receive Daily Penalty Letters In Error
01 May 2012
HMRC sent 12,000 taxpayers daily penalty letters demanding immediate payment of outstanding tax, when the taxman had agreed with the individuals earlier in the year that they did not have to complete self-assessment forms.The letters state that the taxpayers need to pay up or will be liable for the £10 daily penalty rate.
Following a campaign to get taxpayers to check out their actual status before completing a form, HMRC removed 130,000 people from the self-assessment system. However, this campaign has backfired as the penalty warnings went out to 12,000 taxpayers regardless of telephone conversations with HMRC officials.
HMRC states that ‘anyone who gets a penalty warning notice and knows they have spoken to us and - we agreed that they don't need to compete a return - can simply ignore it. They will not have to pay a penny, and do not need to complete a return’.
All affected taxpayers will be contacted in writing by HMRC and will not have to pay any fines.