HMRC have agreed that daily penalties will not be charged for taxpayers who have been late in filing their 2018-19 tax returns due to COVID-19. 

As a result of the circumstances faced by taxpayers during the Coronavirus pandemic, HMRC have confirmed to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) that daily Late filing penalties will not be charged for taxpayers who have been late in filing their 2018-19 tax returns.

  • Where a Self Assessment tax return is filed more than three months late, daily late filing penalties would have been charged at £10 per day for a maximum of 90 days.
    • Such penalties will not now be charged in respect of 2018-19 returns. 
  • Six and twelve-month late filing penalties will be charged in respect of 2018-19 tax returns not submitted by the relevant dates. These penalties are calculated at the greater of 5% of tax due and £300.

Where possible, HMRC expect returns to be filed on time although circumstances resulting from Coronavirus will be considered as a reasonable excuse.

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