HMRC Guidance on COVID-19 Part 1: Reasonable Excuse

28 May 2020
Author: Helen McGhee

HMRC have confirmed that if a taxpayer is unable to meet an obligation (such as a payment or filing deadline) due to COVID19 that will be accepted as a reasonable excuse provided the taxpayer is able to remedy the failure as soon as possible.  Taxpayers will need to explain how they have been affected by COVID-19 in making their appeal. 

Taxpayers affected by COVID-19 will also be given further time to seek a review of, or appeal against, an HMRC decision. HMRC will give an extra three months (in addition to the usual 30 days) to appeal any decision that is dated February 2020 or later. 

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