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Saturday, 5 February 2011

How to Challenge a VAT penalty

If you receive a VAT penalty, perhaps because you have submitted your VAT return late, the Taxman should offer an independent review of the penalty.

You should certainly take up this offer of a review, as this may be the first time that a human (rather than a computer) has looked at the circumstances under which the penalty was imposed. You should reply in writing to the Taxman accepting (or in rare cases rejecting), the offer of the review within 30 days of the date of the penalty notice. Don't delay, as the penalty notice may have been sitting in the Taxman's post area for weeks before it reaches you.


Where you believe the penalty is not due, because you have a reasonable excuse for submitting your form late (or whatever was the cause of the penalty), set out your reasons in the letter that accompanies the acceptance of the review. When the review department within the Tax Office looks at your case you have a chance of having the VAT penalty overturned. We can help you set out your reasons to the Tax Office.

For specific taxation advice, or if you have a tax question you would like answered please contact neil.harries@harrieswatkins.com

For tax tips and information visit the Bridgend Accountants website or read more useful tax articles at Accountants Pontypridd.

The author does not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided in this article and recommends that you do not take any action, whatsoever, based on the information provided. By the fullest extent permitted by law, the author does not accept any responsibility for any actions you may or may not take based on information contained in this article. This article contains general information and is not a substitute for specific independent professional advice. In addition it is emphasised that much of the information provided in this article is time sensitive and information contained within it may be out of date.

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