UK Postal Strikes Could Cause Problems for Taxpayers, Warn Kinsella Tax Ltd.
Representatives of one of the UK’s leading HMRC tax investigation firms Kinsella Tax Limited, have warned that the current spate of Royal Mail postal strikes could cause serious problems for UK taxpayers.
Taxpayers have until 31st October to file their tax return, which is less than a week away, but should they choose to leave it to the last minute their chances of getting it to HMRC on time are slim.
“Taxpayers filing a tax return for the year 2008/09 need to stop dithering over filling in the form and post it as soon as possible.” Warns Kevin Kinsella, Chief Executive of Kinsella Tax Limited
This year October 31st falls on a Saturday , thus a HMRC spokesman has confirmed that the government body will be accepting returns received by Monday 2nd November. However this means that any returns received on, or after Tuesday 3rd November will be hit by a late filing penalty of £100.
Over the last few weeks, only certain regions of the UK have been affected by postal strikes, however as of Thursday the 22nd of October Royal Mail employees will embark upon two days of nationwide strikes, which are sure to severely disrupt the service and have been reported to be costing the Treasury £25million in lost revenue.
And with virtually none of the 30,000 emergency postal workers drafted in by the Royal Mail ready to work, there doesn’t appear to be much light at the end of the tunnel.
“Kinsella Tax Investigations will be upset if any of our clients are fined as a result of the poor quality of service currently being offered by the Royal Mail.” Says Kevin Kinsella.
“We would advise anyone sending a return into the Revenue by post to get a receipt of postage. This can be used as evidence that their return was indeed sent with ample time for it to be delivered safely, should any issues arise.”
As a company, Kinsella Tax Limited specialises in the investigation of UK and European tax fraud. The company has over 120 years’ experience of the tax investigation industry and operates nationwide. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.kinsellatax.co.uk/.
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