Penalties: late delivery of returns: flat-rate penalties
The legislation imposing initial flat-rate penalties charges amounts of:
- £100 if the company delivers its return within three months after the filing date (Word 42KB) or
- £200 if the company delivers the return more than three months after the filing date.
Increased penalties are imposed in the following circumstances. The company:
- is within the charge to CT throughout three successive APs requiring returns
- is liable to a flat-rate penalty for the first two of those periods
- fails to make a proper delivery of the return for the third of those periods.
The amount of the penalty for the third period increases to:
- £500 if the company delivers the return within three months after the filing date or
- £1,000 if the company delivers the return more than three months after the filing date.
These increased amounts apply to failures occurring in all successive APs until the company delivers its return for an AP by the filing date. If the company then fails to deliver its return on time for the next AP, the normal rates apply.
The following example illustrates the application of the increased penalty rates.
A Ltd. delivers returns for its APs as follows, and incurs penalties as shown.
|AP End Date||Return Delivered||Penalty|
|31 May 2007||One month late.||£100|
|31 May 2008||Four months late.||£200|
|31 May 2009||One month late (third consecutive AP).||£500|
|31 May 2010||Four months late.||£1,000|
|31 May 2011||On time.||No penalty due|
|31 May 2012||Four months late.||£200|
|31 May 2013||One month late.||£100|
|31 May 2014||One month late (third consecutive AP).||£500|
See COM100013 for legislation applying to this subject.