A closer look at MTD penalties
This replaces the existing VAT penalty system, where penalties are calculated using a percentage of the outstanding VAT amount for the default period. Unfortunately, under this new points-based system, there will be no light touch approach, and businesses must get this right from the start to avoid any penalty charges.
The new penalty system means:
- Businesses will receive one point for each submission deadline that they miss.
- A financial penalty of £200 will be payable once points exceed a particular threshold. (Businesses filing quarterly returns, applicable to both VAT and MTD for ITSA, have a threshold of four points.)
- Once the threshold has been breached, businesses will incur further penalties for additional failures to make submissions on time, but points won’t increase.
- Points will expire after two years, but will remain in place when businesses are at the threshold to ensure there is a period of compliance before any points are reset.
HMRC has stated that the new points-based system has been planned with fairness in mind so that only a minority of businesses are penalised for making repeated and frequent errors, rather than businesses that make occasional and genuine mistakes.
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