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Rosie Arnfield v HMRC

In Rosie Arnfield v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 0053 (3 February 2015) the FTT reduced a penalty.

HMRC had imposed a late filing penalty but Mrs Arnfield’s accountants contended that they had registered as agents – filing Form 64-8 – and that HMRC had not informed them that a tax return had been issued.

The FTT found that the return had been filed late and that a penalty was prima facie due. It added that the taxpayer had no reasonable excuse as she should have showed her accountants a letter sent by HMRC in February and containing her UTR.

The FTT noted however that HMRC had failed to consider ‘special circumstances’ (FA 2009 s 55). It observed that the following statement had been inserted in HMRC’s statement of case: ‘HMRC have considered special reduction but their view is that there are no special circumstances which would...

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