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If you’ve received a penalty notice from HMRC, don’t worry (too much) because all is not lost! You can often appeal a Self Assessment penalty. You may be able to have this fine delayed or even reduced.
Usually, you were slapped with a fine for one of these two reasons:
There are two ways you can appeal a Self Assessment penalty:
In either case, you’ll need to provide details of your reasonable excuse for late filing or not filing at all. But this can’t be any old excuse though, like you had to walk your fridge. HMRC are quite strict with what excuses they deem reasonable. Find out more about this here.
Anything that stopped you from doing your taxes, even if you tried to. This could be:
In other words, very dire situations. 😮💨
A few examples:
You must submit your appeal to HMRC within 30 days of the date you received the fine. Unless you have a serious reason for appealing late. But quite frankly, HMRC doesn’t appreciate late submissions.
You had a reason, you appealed. But it was rejected. What next?
Here are your options; you can:
In this case, you also have options. You should:
Our advice? Act fast and get help! Our tax accountants are always more than happy to assist. Find out more here.
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