Taxman says sorry over wrongly sent reminders
Monday 31st December 2012, 12:00PM GMT.
INCOME Tax has apologised after issuing letters warning of £300 fines for outstanding returns – even though the forms have been submitted.
The apology followed questions raised by concerned islanders who were surprised to receive the cautions – especially after the tax office announced recently that the penalty for late forms would be £100, plus £10 for each day after the deadline.
Marine engineer Charles Smith, 56, was forced to contact the office after receiving the letter, even though he submitted his return online in February. ‘I was shocked. I always try to do these things on time,’ he said.
Income Tax director Rob Gray (pictured) said £300 plus £50 per day was the statutory maximum penalty that could be imposed. He stressed, however, that initially the fine would stand at £100 and £10 when the regime was introduced this year.
He added that even though a tax return might have been submitted, if it was incomplete, it would not be considered as a proper return.