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  • Documents - VAT surcharge reasonable excuse letter
    Reasonable excuse letterHMRC has a wide range of penalties available to it. Many of these can be reduced while others can be removed completely where you have a reasonable excuse for the action which gave rise to the penalty. Having a reasonable excuseMost of the penalties imposed by HMRC will be cancelled in full if the taxpayer can establish a "reasonable excuse" defence. Unhelpfully though, there is no definition of "reasonable excuse". This argument now applies to: failure to notify liability; and default...
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  • Documents - VAT appeal letter
    VAT appeal letterIf you disagree with a VAT assessment or decision made by HMRC, you can, in most cases, appeal against it or ask for HMRC for a review to consider cancelling the appeal. An appeal should always be made in writing and usually within 30 days of the date of the assessment or decision.Resolving disagreementsFirst step - optional. If you disagree with HMRC over a VAT assessment, a penalty imposed or a ruling or decision you can ask for an Internal Review before making a formal appeal to the First-tier...
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  • Documents - Letter to HMRC - problems with VAT online filing
    Letter to HMRC  - problems with online filingIf you've missed the deadline for submitting your VAT return online (or paying your VAT electronically), you might be let off the hook where you can show this was caused by IT problems.Explain whyIf you were unable to file your VAT return online because of problems with HMRC's VAT Online Service, you should write to HMRC explaining why. Enclose any evidence of the steps you took.   The sort of evidence that counts in your favour includes:o a copy of the printout...
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