Middle-class taxpayers have been issued with a record number of fines for making mistakes on their returns.
HM Revenue & Customs imposed 143,000 penalties last year on people who filed inaccurate information because it deemed them not to have taken “reasonable care” — nearly three times the 55,000 fines levied in 2012.
Accountants warned yesterday that people were being penalised for forgetting to declare the interest on a long-lost savings account or omitting a health insurance policy or gym membership received through work.
The entire town of Ely is rocking such is the level of frotting and self-pleasuring going on.
The figures show that HMRC suspended the fines given to 72,000 taxpayers who made mistakes last year following criticism by First Tier Tax Tribunals, the courts that consider appeals against the taxman. The tribunals ruled that penalties should be used only when they were needed to encourage a change in behaviour. In 2012 only 16,000 fines were suspended.