In Shaun C Long v HMRC [2018] TC06563 is another case where the FTT has decided that HMRC had been incorrectly overcharging six and twelve month late filing penalties for nil liability late self assessment return.

  • The taxpayer was late filing his Self Assessment returns for 2009/10 to 2012/13
  • He made losses in two of the years.
  • HMRC assessed Late Filing Penalties
  • The taxpayer appealed claiming reasonable excuse.

The First Tier Tribunal (FTT) found that having twins was not a reasonable excuse for late filing of the earlier return.

It then considered HMRC’s calculation of penalties.

  • The presiding judge and tribunal member disagreed on interpretation of paragraph 17(3) of schedule 55 FA 2009.
  • Overruling the tribunal member the judge considered that as multiple penalties applied 17(3) restricted the six and twelve month penalties under paragraphs 5(2)(b) and 6(5(b): they cannot exceed 100% of the liability to tax.

The appeal against the two £300 penalties is allowed.

Useful tax guides on this topic:

How to Appeal a Tax Penalty

Penalties: Late filing

Grounds for Appeal: Toolkit

Appeals: late appeals 

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Shaun C Long v HMRC [2018] TC06563