Further refinements and streamlining of the rules

Late filing and payment of returns – Measures will be introduced to encourage filing and payment by the correct dates by introducing an escalating series of penalties depending upon 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.


Financial security for late payment of PAYE and NIC – Legislation is to be introduced to allow HMRC to require a financial security from employers where amounts due under PAYE or NICs obligations are seriously at risk. This would be in line with the current practice for VAT.

Penalties for offshore tax avoidance – Finance Bill 2010 will introduce larger penalties for taxpayers who fail to provide a full account of their income tax or capital gains tax liabilities, where the failure is linked to an offshore matter.