Something close to my heart, fair treatment by HMRC

The petition might carry a bit more credibility if it had been at least glanced-over by somebody with literacy skills beyond primary school.
Besides that, I just do not believe that an innocent error resulting in one day's delay in an otherwise punctual small business's vat return would result in a £4,600 "surcharge".
If he's claiming that is what happened, then he's calling HMRC's website a blatant lie...
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I presume the petition originator is this guy...?
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Reply to
Adrian
I agree with Adrian that the petitioner might have more credibility if he had revealed how many previous VAT returns and/or payments had been late in order to generate that surcharge.
And do you want small businessses to be able to help themselves to loans from other taxpayers? Without such surcharges for late payments of VAT (and PAYE) businesses can just treat HMRC as the bank that *can't* say no 'cos they don't get asked.
Reply to
Robin
I am happy for interest to be payable, as the government seems happy to borrow money.
What annoys me if the error is the other way round there isn't so much of an apology in return.
I recall only a year or so ago when an elderly relative in her 70's received a tax bill for £7,000. In reality she had overpaid by £2,000.
I would hope you agree that such behaviour one way should not be treated so extraordinarily different to if she owed HMRC £9,000.
Reply to
Fredxxx
Do you really think it is OK for me to have just sat on the phone for 43 minutes to HMRC to correct a small error.
Would HMRC accept the reverse situation?
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Fredxxx

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