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300,000 late filers could have goods seized by HMRC

There are as many as 300,000 individuals in danger of having their goods seized by HMRC because they have failed to file their 2010-2011 tax returns.

The taxman has had it with these tardy taxpayers, sending letters of warning through the post to anyone who has racked up massive self-assessment penalties of £1,300 for late-filing. This ‘persistent minority’ of those who refuse to file still have the options open to them if they don’t want their goods seized, including paying their fines or, if they are in the PAYE system, having it taken off their 2013-2014 income.

An HMRC spokesman said that these individuals have ignored communication after communication from the taxman, dating all the way back to April of last year. Warning letters, penalty notices, reminder letters, and flyers have all been sent out over the year and a half.

Customers have the option of ringing up HMRC if they feel self-assessment is not proper for them. If, after a series of enquiries to determine if they belong in self-assessment, it turns out that they shouldn’t have been for the years in question, the penalties will not be applicable, the spokesperson added.

This isn’t the first time that the taxman has sent out warning letters of this type. In fact, just this past October saw around 7,000 higher-rate taxpayers receiving letters from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs after missing tax returns from previous years.

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