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Emergency Budget: Summary of provisions

Administration of tax
HMRC powers: penalties for late filing of returns and payment of tax

New penalties are to be introduced for late filing of returns and late payment of taxes extending the penalty regime set out in FA 2009 Schs 55 and 56 to various indirect taxes.

The taxes covered include VAT insurance premium tax aggregates levy climate change levy landfill tax and excise duties. The implementation of the penalties will be staged over a number of years and brought into effect by Treasury order.

Under the new rules there will be an escalating series of penalties depending on the number of failures within a set penalty period. Further penalties will arise if there is a prolonged delay in filing returns or paying the tax due.

Failure to file a quarterly return by the filing date will trigger a penalty period...

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