HMRC defers Self Assessment penalties for Glos online filers

HMRC is deferring Self Assessment penalties for Glos online filers – ESB update.

HMRC is deferring Self Assessment penalties for Glos online filers - ESB update.

ESB Accountancy effectively detail the HMRC details as:

1. No penalty for late lodgement as long as return submitted by 28 February.

2. No penalty for late payment provided pay off in full by 1 April or set up a payment plan by the same date.

3. Please remember that a payment plan will also need to take into account tax due by 31 July and that the plan could expire just in time for a largish payment in January 2023 unless that is also anticipated.

4. If you do not need a formal payment plan setting up a direct debit with HMRC to spread the cost of future bills is worth considering to minimise the panic of large lump sum payments once or twice a year.

HMRC deferring details

HMRC will give customers and their representatives additional time if they need it and will operate in the same way as the equivalent waivers last year. However, HMRC is encouraging customers to file and pay on time if they can – almost 6.5 million have already done so.

The Time to Pay options are still available to assist customers. Once they have filed their 2020-21 tax return, customers can set up an online payment plan to spread Self Assessment bills of up to £30,000, over and up to 12 monthly instalments.

The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31‌‌ ‌January and interest will be charged from 1‌‌ ‌February on any amounts outstanding. Normally a 5% late payment penalty is charged on any unpaid tax that is still outstanding on 3‌‌ ‌March. This year, like last year, HMRC is giving customers more time to pay or set up a payment plan. Self Assessment customers will not be charged the 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by midnight on 1‌‌ April. They can pay their tax bill or set up a monthly payment plan online at GOV.‌‌UK.

There is no change to the filing or payment deadline and other obligations are not affected. This means that:

• interest will be charged on late payment. The late payment interest rate from 4 ‌‌ ‌January 2022 is 2.75%

• a return received online in February will be treated as a return received late where there is a valid reasonable excuse for the lateness. This means that:

◦ there will be an extended enquiry window

◦ for returns filed after 28‌‌ ‌February the other late filing penalties (daily penalties from 3 months, 6 and 12 month penalties) will operate as usual

◦ a 5% late payment penalty will be charged if tax remains outstanding, and a payment plan has not been set up, by midnight on 1‌‌ ‌April 2022. Further late payment penalties will be charged at the usual 6 and 12 month points (August 2022 and February 2023 respectively) on tax outstanding where a payment plan has not been set up.

• we will not charge late filing penalties for SA700s and SA970s received in February – these returns can only be filed on paper

• for SA800s and SA900s we will not charge a late filing penalty if customers file online by the end of February – the deadline for filing SA800s and SA900s on paper was 31‌‌ ‌October. Customers who file late on paper will be charged a late filing penalty in the normal way, they can appeal against this penalty if they have a reasonable excuse for filing their paper return late

• self-employed customers who need to claim certain contributory benefits soon after 31‌‌ ‌January 2022, need to ensure their annual Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs) are paid on time – this is to make sure their claims are unaffected. Class 2 NICs are included in the 2020 to 2021 balancing payment that is due to be paid by 31‌‌ ‌January 2022. Benefit entitlements may be affected if they:

◦ couldn’t pay their balancing payment by 31‌‌ ‌January 2022, and

◦ have entered into a Time to Pay arrangement to pay off the balancing payment and other self assessment tax liabilities through instalments.

Please talk to us at ESB Accountancy to discuss how your business can comply with the new tax, finance and accounting laws – with several decades of financial experience here in Gloucestershire you can either ring us now on – email us on edith@esbaccountancy.co.uk or click the Contact Us buttonpayroll bookkeeping services small business help contact esb accountancy gloucestershire cheltenhamor please fill the form at the bottom of the contact us page.

Comments are closed.