So what counts as a ‘reasonable’ excuse? Here are some examples:
Remember HMRC will take strict action if it concludes you are at fault for missing the deadline. It’s important that you not only show proof of your situation, but also demonstrate that you made an effort to overcome your problems.
There will be no leniency for taxpayers who found HMRC’s online tax portal too difficult to use or left it too late to register for details. You will automatically incur a penalty of £100.
After 3 months, a £10 daily charge will kick in up to a 90 day maximum of £900. This will be followed by further penalties at 6 and 12 months. If this addles your brain, read these 9 facts about HMRC’s late SA filing and payment penalties.