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A persistent gripe over recent years has been P35 penalties.

The P35 – the employers annual return – is due by 19 May each year and carries a penalty of £100/month thereafter.  HMRC had been in the habit of not sending out reminders immediately after 19 May, instead waiting till the autumn each year when 4 or 5 lots of £100 had been incurred.

There have been a number of complaints about this, and a fair few tribunal cases, most of which HMRC have lost – sometimes totally, sometimes the penalty rolled back to one month only on the grounds that it was unfair not to notify businesses sooner.

Quelle surprise then that HMRC have issued a news release yesterday to send “interim penalty letters” at the end of May.

For most of our clients we deal with the P35; but if we don’t make sure you are on top of this, along with related P14s/P60s which go in at the same time, along with P11Ds by early July.