Sharp increase in HMRC fines issued to landlords and freelancers

19 August 2022

The dangers of careless mistakes on self-assessment returns

HMRC issued more fines to freelancers and landlords last year in an attempt to close a £32bn tax gap.

According to The Telegraph, HMRC civil servants were put under pressure to bring in as much money as possible, resulting in 90,000 penalties being issued in the 2021/22 tax year – up from 49,700 from the previous year.

HMRC are cracking down on mistakes to make up for the tax gap and pandemic schemes such as the furlough scheme.

Several fines were issued for careless mistakes on self-assessment returns filed during the lockdown. Some freelancers and landlord received fines due to incorrect calculations or not having physical receipts.

Many landlords opted to complete their return themselves rather than use an accountant during the last tax year. If you have a complex tax situation, it is always beneficial to seek advice from an accountant or professional.

Please contact us if you received a penalty fine from HMRC and would like us to take a look at your options. Please contact your client manager, or call the office on 01332 207336.

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