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HMRC internal manual

Compliance Handbook

Charging penalties: suspending penalties: issuing the penalty assessment and suspension notices

In order to suspend a penalty you must issue an NPPS2 Notice of penalty assessment and an NPPS3 Notice of penalty suspension, unless you are settling by contract, in which case see CH411125.

Before issuing a penalty assessment, you must have

  • discussed suspension conditions with the person, see CH405165
  • if suspension conditions were not agreed, followed the guidance in CH405225
  • obtained authorisation in the PDAC for your decision to suspend the penalty and the conditions you intend to impose, see CH407000
  • sent the person an NPPS100 Penalty Explanation Letter providing details of the suspension conditions, see CH408000
  • input the penalty into the NPPS and had it authorised, see CH407000.

When the penalty has been authorised in NPPS it will appear back in your workbasket. When you are ready, take the action ‘issue the penalty assessment’.

A Notice of penalty suspension (NPPS3) will be issued together with the NPPS2.

A copy of the NPPS2 must be stored in ‘Documentum’ in NPPS to enable the Central Penalty Team (CPT) to monitor and bring the penalty into charge if the suspension conditions are not met, see CH405351.