RCB/19/08 New penalties for errors in returns and documents
Revenue & Customs Brief, Issue 19. 1 April 2008
This brief explains how the new penalties will affect our customers and their advisers.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) inherited a confusing variety of penalty charging powers. The new penalties are one of the first pieces of cross cutting legislation designed to make the tax system simpler and more consistent. It follows consultation with our customers and other interested parties during the Review of Powers, Deterrents and Safeguards.
The legislation aims to help those who try to comply, and come down hard on those who don't. The clear messages for customers are that:
— if they take reasonable care when completing their returns they will not be penalised
— if they do not take reasonable care, errors will be penalised and the penalties will be higher if the error is deliberate
— disclosing errors to us early will substantially reduce any penalty due
The new penalties are for errors on returns and documents initially for VAT, PAYE, National Insurance, Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax, Corporation Tax and the