HMRC has apologised for sending 12,000 tax return penalty notice letters to individuals that were told they weren’t required to submit a self-assessment tax return earlier in the year…

Last week we reported that HMRC had issued reminders that daily £10 tax penalties would be charged from 1 May for those who still had not filed their self-assessment tax returns online by the end of April.

Click here to read ‘Mayday Mayday! Daily tax return penalties begin 1st May’

It has now been revealed that HMRC’s data system has cocked up once again and 12,000 people have received tax penalty reminders who were told earlier in the year that they were no longer required to submit a self-assessment tax return.

Only last year did HMRC reveal that computer system errors had been discovered, which meant over six million tax rebates would be issued to honest UK tax payers and an unfortunate 1.2 million people would have to pay back ‘under-paid tax’ to the Revenue.

Click here to read ‘Income Tax | HMRC errors reveal over 6 million tax rebates’

Following a campaign to get UK tax payers to check their status before filing a tax return; earlier this year 130,000 people were removed from self-assessment obligations by HMRC.

Despite agreeing that individuals were no longer required to submit a self-assessment tax return, 12,000 tax return demand letters have been sent in error.

Working quickly to correct this error, on Friday 27 April, a spokesperson for HMRC said:

“We have identified that nearly 12,000 people have been sent a Self-Assessment daily penalty letter in error. We are very sorry and can reassure these customers that we know who they are and that this letter is incorrect – they do not owe a penalty. We are writing to all of them to apologise and to explain the error.

“The 12,000 customers are among the 130,000 who we have already taken out of Self Assessment following, following a cleanse of the database and our invitation to customers to contact us if they felt they shouldn’t be in Self Assessment. We can reassure these customers that they have been removed from Self Assessment.”

If you were told that you are no longer required to submit a self-assessment tax return, but have received a tax penalty notice letter from HMRC, HMRC have said that you ‘can simply ignore it’ and you won’t have to ‘pay a penny’ or ‘complete a return’.

If your self-assessment tax returns are underself assessment enquiryby HMRC you should always seek professional advice from an HMRC tax enquiry expert.

KinsellaTax staff consists of ex-HM Inspector of Taxes and ex-HM Custom and Excise Officers, fully experienced inHMRC investigations.

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