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HMRC internal manual

Self Assessment Manual

Returns: individuals return: accept the taxpayer’s figure

If a computer error message shows a difference between the taxpayer’s figure and the computer calculated figure, (including the total tax and NIC due), you may over-ride the error and accept the taxpayer’s figure.

There is no computer limit on the amount that can be accepted.

If the difference is small the taxpayer’s figure should be accepted to avoid repairing a small amount with the following exception

  • An entry has been made by the taxpayer of Class 4 NIC due in a Revenue Calculation case where you should always use the computer calculated amount. This is not a repairYou must always make a note against the return entry where you have accepted the figure.

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There may not be an error even though a computer message is displayed and there will be cases where there is an error but you cannot identify the cause. If you have difficulty in identifying the error you must accept the taxpayer’s figure.

If the error is caused by the taxpayer leaving a box empty and you decide to accept the empty box, you must enter 0 (zero) in the box before you type ‘A’ to accept. If this is not done the return will be rejected by the main computer as the accept signal is not stored by LDC without a 0 (zero) entry.

If a computer warning message is displayed you should select the [Noted] button if you have copied the amount correctly, there is no need to note the entry as accepted.