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I am 72 a retired children's magician, and registered deaf. I

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I am 72 a retired children's magician, and registered deaf.
I have always submitted an online return, and been told I have not earned enough to pay tax.
When I retired eighteen months ago, I went online to the HMRC and checked if I was still rquired to submit a return. I had to fill in a questionaire about my finances, and they concluded. I did not.
Now I have received a demand to pay a £100 fine for late submission. I appealed, but have heard nothing. Unable to use telephones, I sent a recorded delivery letter on Monday, but have now received another demand today
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

For now please let me know whether your letter has been signed for by HMRC?

Customer:

It will have only arrived today

Alex Watts : Have they said when the £100 need to be paid by?
Alex Watts : did you get a self assessment return to complete ?
Customer:

By last week, and no, as they said I do not need to submit a return, I didn't.

Alex Watts : So you never had a self assessment return yet you have been fiend £100?
Customer:

I am not required to submit a return, according to their own website. They have a section, Check if you need to submit a return, followed by a series of questions, to which I was able to reply NO. " We conclude you do not need to submit a self assessment return."

Customer:

These demands are obviously computer generated, and no one is stupid enough to admit responsibility.

Alex Watts :

Thank you. I would not be too concerned for the moment.

Alex Watts :

If they have only today had the opportunity to receive your letter, it may take them a few days to respond.

Alex Watts :

I agree that the demands are computer generated.

Alex Watts :

You have 30 days from the date of demand to appeal, which you appear to have done.

Alex Watts :

That means for the moment you can ignore the demand for payment.

Alex Watts :

HMRC will then review the decision for you. But clearly this make take them a short while to respond.

Alex Watts :

HMRC are allowed up to 45 days to review your case.

Alex Watts :

If they find against you then you can appeal to the Tax Tribunal.

Alex Watts :

But I dont even think it would get that far.

Alex Watts :

As such at the moment you can ignore the demands.

Alex Watts :

But you have appealed which is what you need to do

Alex Watts :

For more information please see: https://www.gov.uk/tax-appeals/overview

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

Sorry, for the delay in answering. I was travelling home when we started to chat.

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