HMRC must receive some tax returns and any money owed by certain deadlines throughout the year. These deadlines focus on the tax year that starts on April 6 and ends on the following April 5.

Additionally, the benefit will be added to the penalty, making the cost higher.

This can be exacerbated for partnerships as all partners will be fined if tax returns are delayed.

Tax returns, like many elements of financial life today, have been affected by the coronavirus in recent months.

There is usually a payment deadline of July 31 if a person makes an advance payment on their bill, known as Pay on Account.

According to the government, a reasonable excuse is something that prevents a person from fulfilling a tax obligation that he took reasonable care to fulfill, which could include the following examples:

  • A partner or other relative died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline
  • The person had unexpectedly stayed in the hospital which prevented him from handling his tax affairs
  • Have a serious or life-threatening illness
  • Their computers or programs failed before or while they were preparing to go back online
  • Service issues related to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online services
  • A fire, flood, or theft prevented them from completing their tax return
  • Unpredictable postal delays
  • Delays related to their disability

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