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Escaping the £100 late filing penalty

Escaping the £100 late filing penalty

The HMRC late filing penalty is imposed for late filing of your UK self assessment tax return.

To avoid the penalty there are 3 main techniques:

  1. File on 1 February. The deadline is strictly 31st January each year. However penalties run from the day after and therefore tax returns filed on the day after will be accepted and no penalty will becomes due.
  2. Have no UK tax to pay. HMRC penalties cannot exceed the tax due. Therefore if you are due a UK tax refund or simply no UK tax falls due, a penalty automatically imposed for late filing will be cancelled on receipt of your completed UK tax return.
  3. Have a reasonable excuse. If very unusual circumstances caused your tax return to be filed late. The HMRC will consider reducing the penalty to nil.

The best advice if your UK tax return is late, speak to a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser who can normally draft a summary of your position and advise if a penalty is due or not.

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