Penalties for Inaccuracies: Calculating the penalty: Potential Lost Revenue: Overstatements
You must check the date from which these rules apply for the tax or duty you are dealing with. See CH81011 for full details.
An overstatement is any inaccuracy that is not an understatement. That is, it has not led to
- an understatement of a person’s liability to tax
- a false or inflated statement of a loss, or
- a false or inflated claim to repayment of tax, see CH81071.
During the course of a direct taxes compliance check, the person may claim further reliefs or allowances that are available to reduce the overall liability to tax.
These are not overstatements for the purpose of calculating the PLR.
However amounts required under The Taxes Acts or ordinary principles of commercial accounting that have been omitted from the return will be overstatements for the purposes of calculating the PLR, for further guidance see SACM2005.
Except for group relief, see CH82280 onwards, claims to further reliefs or deductions should be taken into account before commencing calculation of PLR arising from inaccuracies.
Jorgen returned a profit of £15,000. During your compliance check you discover a careless inaccuracy of £5,000. Jorgen did not claim all the capital allowances he was entitled to claim in his return. He claims additional capital allowances of £3,000, and as the time limit for making the claim has not expired he is allowed to do so.
The Potential Lost Revenue (PLR) is calculated as follows.
|Returned profit||15,000||@ 20% (say)||3,000|
|Additional capital allowances||3,000|
|Amended profit||12,000||@ 20% (say)||2,400|
|Revised profit||17,000||@ 20% (say)||3,400|
|PLR for careless inaccuracy||1,000|
Jorgen realises he has omitted to include his overnight travel and subsistence costs incurred on both business trips away from his base operations, for further guidance see BIM47705.
|Returned profits||15.000 @ 20% (say)||3,000|
|Less - Expenses omitted from original return in error||5,000|
|Amended Profit||10,000 @ 20% (say)||2.000|
|Add - Careless inaccuracy||5,000|
|Revised profit||15,000 @ 20% (say)||3,000|
|PLR for careless inaccuracy||NIL|