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In Ryden Contractors Limited v HMRC [2020] TC07937, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) rejected an appeal against Corporation Tax late filing penalties. Whilst there had been reasonable excuse, this did not explain the still outstanding return.

The FTT was required first to consider whether to grant the late appeal and second, whether the appeal should succeed on the grounds of reasonable excuse. The FTT found that:

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Ground for appeal: Reasonable excuse 
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Ryden Contractors Limited v HMRC [2020] TC07937