18-Aug-2017
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Nearly one million innocent people wrongly chased by HMRC for late tax

LONDON Aug 13: Tax inspectors have been trying to fine up to one million innocent people hundreds of pounds each for late tax returns, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
 
HM Revenue Customs said that 963,000 taxpayers were found to be unnecessarily registered for self-assessment (SA) in the past two years and have now been taken out of the system altogether.
 
None of the taxpayers had put in SA tax returns for three years yet were still being chase for late filing penalties by HMRC’s inspectors.
 
The number of people affected represents one in 11 of the UK’s 11 million people who are registered to pay tax in this way every year.
 
Nicky Morgan MP, the new chairman of the House of Commons Treasury select committee, said her committee would consider investigating why HMRC had been trying to fine the innocent taxpayers who did not have to fill in SA forms.