Accountant warns over unfair tax penalties

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PEOPLE handed tax penalties by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs should make sure they have been targeted unfairly.

As previously reported in The News, the taxman is sending out penalties of at least £1,200 for those who have failed to submit a self-assessment tax return.

James Self, who runs Tax Assist Accountants in Portsmouth, said: ‘We’re urging any Portsmouth business men and women who receive notices of tax penalties to make absolutely sure they’re not being unfairly targeted.

‘They may have ceased trading or left self-employment to become an employee with straightforward PAYE tax payments, for example and HMRC do not have the changes on record.

‘They will remove you from the self-assessment system and cancel the penalty if that’s the case.

‘In some circumstances, such as serious family illness or bereavement, they may also waive penalties, but this is extremely rare.

‘We want to make sure that the remaining non-filers being targeted do not include any Portsmouth business people who shouldn’t be in self-assessment in the first place.’