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Rawlinson Pryde & Partners - Bedford Accountants

We are friendly and approachable Bedford Accountants and Registered Auditors, who offer a wide range of services; serving both small and large clients in Bedford, the surrounding towns and those much further afield. With a large number of staff who are ACCA Qualified Accountants and with specialist Chartered Tax Advisers, we are able to offer a quality service and take pride in our accountancy services at competitive rates. Being Bedford Accountants makes us easily accessible via road and rail. Our Accountants are always happy to travel from our Bedford office to your premises for meetings at your convenience.

Appeal against HMRC penalties

 You can appeal to HMRC against a penalty for:

  • Late filing of a return
  • Paying tax after the due date
  • Failing to pay all the tax you owe
  • Unable to demonstrate that you have kept adequate records to underpin your tax returns
  • Filing an incorrect return

Your penalty will be cancelled or amended if you have a reasonable excuse.

The latest definitions of what does, and what does not constitute a reasonable excuse are set out below.

What counts as a reasonable excuse

A reasonable excuse is normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation, for example:

  • your partner died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline
  • you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your tax affairs
  • your computer or software failed just before or while you were preparing your online return
  • service issues with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online services
  • a fire prevented you from completing your tax return
  • postal delays that you couldn’t have predicted

You must try to send your return or payment as soon as possible after your reasonable excuse is resolved.

What’s unlikely to be a reasonable excuse

The following aren’t usually accepted as a reasonable excuse:

  • you relied on someone else to send your return and they didn’t
  • your cheque bounced or payment failed because you didn’t have enough money
  • you found the HMRC online system too difficult to use
  • you didn’t get a reminder from HMRC

If you have a disability

If you have a disability and claim to have a reasonable excuse that prevented you from meeting a deadline, HMRC will consider whether you made a reasonable effort to meet your obligation on time.