It’s official: thousands are on the wrong tax code!

With the tax return deadline being only hours away (midnight 31 January 2014) there is still time to get professional help if you need it – particularly because HMRC  often get it wrong according to new research by UHY Hacker Young.

In just one example, HMRC sent a tax bill to a pensioner which demanded over £576k in tax! With an income of only £11k per annum this was clearly incorrect but what if it had been only hundreds of pounds wrong – would the pensioner have noticed and, if so, would he have been confident enough to question it with the might of HMRC?

According to the research, HMRC employees have been making ‘basic’ errors which have led to problems such as people being on the wrong tax code and consequently underpaying or overpaying tax. While underpaying it may sound attractive on the face of it, chances are the system will catch up and then a correction will need to be made later on, leaving the taxpayer with an unforeseen bill to pay – a real blow for cashflow.

While the UHY Hacker Young research cites an error rate in 2013 of 37% in the sample tested, HMRC are arguing that the research is wrong and that their PAYE coding notices are 99% accurate. Either way, when you consider that Read more

Tax return deadlines: taxpayers’ worse nightmare

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by not having enough time to cope with your tax affairs in time?
During the tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) there are important dates , let’s call them key dates, by which you need to send in your tax return and make certain payments. It’s important to be aware of these dates as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) imposes penalties, interest and surcharges if you miss them.
• 31 January
This is the formal deadline for sending back a tax return received by the previous 31 October. If it arrives after this deadline you’ll be charged an automatic £100 penalty.This is also the deadline for paying the balance of any tax you owe, referred as ”balancing payment”.HMRC will charge you daily penalties until they receive your payment.
30 September
Paper tax returns for the tax year that ended on the previous 5 April must reach the HMRC by this date if you want them to calculate your tax for you, tell you what you have to pay by the following 31 January or collect tax through your tax code (if possible) where you owe less than £2,000 .
If they receive your paper tax return after 30 September and process it by 30 December, they’ll still calculate your tax and try to collect tax through your tax code; but they can’t guarantee to tell you what to pay by 31 January.
If you file your tax return online the deadline is later (see below) because the system calculates your tax liability for you automatically on-screen.
28 February
If you don’t pay the balancing payment by 31 January, you’ll be charged an automatic 5% surcharge on top of the amount still owing. This is in addition to any interest payments.
31 July
This is the deadline for making a second ‘payment on account’ for tax owing for the preceding tax year.
If you still owe tax that you were due to pay by the previous 31 January, you’ll be charged a second automatic 5% surcharge on top of the amount you owe.
Taxfile‘s tax accountants in South London took a group policy for all their customers in order to protect them from any extensive work generated by an enquiry from the tax office. In order to help us protect you from the taxman you need to send your tax return in time.
Taxfile can also protect new customers for their last tax return, provided they sent their return in time, before the deadline.