HMRC are introducing a new penalty system in the new tax year. This system will be points based, making it more fair to those who make a rare mistake and more harsh on repeat offenders.

If your Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA) and business and property income is over £10,000 per annum, the new system comes into effect from 6 April 2023. The new system will be effective from 6 April 2024 for all other ITSA submissions.

New HMRC Late Payment Penalties for 2022

There will be a two week grace period in which there will be no penalties. There is a cut off from the end of the grace period at which time penalties will start to apply. The penalties will be in increasing amounts:

  • 2 per cent penalty of money owed if the late payment is made between 16 and 30 days after the due date.
  • 4 per cent penalty of money owed if payment has not been made after 30 days.
  • A second penalty of an additional 4 per cent per year, calculated on a daily basis of total money owing will be incurred from day 31.

Taxpayers should approach HMRC directly to agree on a Time to Pay Arrangement if they are struggling to pay their tax.

Late submissions

Points will be issued for late payments as follows:

  • Each submission obligation has its own separate points threshold, depending on the frequency of tax returns, as follows:
  • Annual submissions: two-point threshold
  • Quarterly submissions: four-point threshold
  • Monthly submissions: five-point threshold.
  • One point is accrued following a late submission.
  • Failure to meet one obligation but submitting on time for others will only accrue one point corresponding to the late or missed submission.
  • Once the points threshold of a submission obligation has been reached, a capped fine of £200 will be payable.
  • Further missed submission deadlines after a penalty fine has been issued will result in further penalties.
  • Penalty points will expire after two years, providing the account remains under the point threshold and current submission deadlines have been met.
  • If the points threshold has been reached, points will only be reset once all deadlines have been met for a particular time period:
  • Two years for annual submissions
  • 12 months for quarterly submissions
  • Six months for monthly submissions.
  • In addition, taxpayers will need to submit everything outstanding over the previous two years.

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