Self assessment and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Produced by Tolley
  • (Updated for Coronavirus (COVID-19))

The following Owner-Managed Businesses guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Self assessment and coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Late filing penalties for 2019/20 tax return
  • Fee protection insurance
  • Reasonable excuse
  • Subsequent late filing penalties
  • Enquiry window and deadline for claims and elections
  • Late filing penalties for 2019/20 tax return ― bulk appeals
  • Late payment penalties for 2019/20 tax year
  • Second payment on account for 2019/20 tax year
  • Amount due on 31 January 2021
  • More...

Self assessment and coronavirus (COVID-19)

HMRC announced the following coronavirus (COVID-19)-related measures in relation to self assessment:

  1. late filing penalties were not charged for any 2019/20 returns filed before 1 March 2021

  2. a temporary facility for agents to appeal late filing penalties in bulk, which ended on 30 September 2021

  3. late payment penalties were not charged for any tax due in relation to the 2019/20 tax year that was either paid before 2 April 2021 or where a payment plan was set up before 2 April 2021

  4. the second payment on account for the 2019/20 tax year was deferred for all taxpayers

  5. taxpayers struggling to make the self assessment payment due by 31 January 2021 could apply to HMRC for time to pay

  6. daily late filing penalties were not charged in relation to late 2018/19 tax returns

These measures are discussed further below.

Late filing penalties for 2019/20 tax return

On 25 January 2021, HMRC confirmed that it would waive late filing penalties for all 2019/20 returns filed before 1 March 2021.

This meant that as long as the 2019/20 return was filed by 28 February 2021, no £100 late filing penalty would be issued.

The penalty waiver applied to all self assessment tax returns submitted online and those self assessment returns that needed to be filed on paper as there was no facility for electronic submission (ie non-resident company income tax returns and trustees of registered pension schemes returns).

While this was welcomed by advisers, it was still necessary to file a client’s 2019/20 tax return in order to agree a time to pay arrangement for the 31 January 2021 liability (see below).

In any case, whether or not the taxpayer needed to set up a time to pay arrangement, late payment of tax attracts interest. Therefore, if the taxpayer was in a position to make the payment in full by 31 January, it would have been necessary for them to pay an estimated amount if the return was

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