Misdeclaration penalty: Discretion, reasonable excuse, and mitigation: New registration
Please note: VAT Misdeclaration Penalty has been replaced by the Schedule 24 inaccuracy penalty for all accounting periods where the return period commences on or after 01/04/2008 and the due date is on or after 01/04/2009. Misdeclaration penalty will still apply where the due date is before 01/04/2009.
Please see the Compliance Handbook CH80000 Penalties for Inaccuracies for further details.
The following questions should be addressed when considering reasonable excuse
- Was it the trader’s first visit?
- Was the error made in respect of a complex or contentious area such as partial exemption, tour operator’s scheme etc?
- Has the trader been previously registered, or involved in a similar VAT registered activity?