HMRC say no change to the Self-Assessment deadline

Jan 19, 2021

In a letter to the Professional Bodies including this Institute and with just 12 days to the 2019/20 self-assessment deadline, HMRC are resisting any relaxation of the 2019/20 online filing deadline. Earlier this month the Institute’s President Paul Henry wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer setting out the necessity of extending the deadline as an emergency measure due to the rampant nature of COVID-19 and the further lockdown announced in early January.

HMRC also continue to resist any automatic suspension of late filing penalties. The only change in their position is to examine options aimed at simplifying the handling of reasonable excuse appeals for HMRC, taxpayers and agents (for example, ways of allowing agents to appeal on behalf of multiple clients). 

According to HMRC, filing penalties will not begin to issue until HMRC has completed its review of the options and monitoring of filing rates and confirmed which approach will be taken to reasonable excuse appeals.