Submit previous tax returns! Or else!

taxbillRather than chase up people who have dodged tax for years or stop letting off massive companies for the huge sums they owe, those fine upstanding bastards at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have decided to issue a load of letters urging ordinary taxpayers who failed to submit tax returns in 2009/10 (or earlier) to file them before 2nd October.

7,000 people have been contacted and there's initiatives being offered. Basically, if you hand yourself in before the beginning of next month, you'll pay lower penalties than those who wait to be contacted.

Marian Wilson, head of campaigns at HMRC, said: 'If HMRC has sent you a Self Assessment tax return or notice to complete a tax return for 2009/10 or earlier and you have not yet taken any action, this campaign offers you a quick and straightforward way to bring your tax affairs up to date. But time is running out. You have until 2 October to submit your tax returns and pay the tax you owe.'

Vodafone must be laughing their gussets moist at all this.


  • Sicknote
    Doesn't make any difference whatsoever; I file all my tax returns and still get threatened with jail. After 3 years they decided that they actually owed me £5K
  • Lard A.
    Copied from HMRC website: "Penalty you will have to pay 1 day late A penalty of £100. This applies even if you have no tax to pay or have paid the tax you owe." WTF? So even if I pay my tax on time... I still get a fine of £100??!??!
  • Dick
    ^ I think it is if you have not filed your forms on time, but have paid.

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