HMRC warns late self-assessment tax filers

The 300,000 people who failed to meet the deadline for filing their self-assessment tax return, and continue to ignore letters from the HMRC, have been warned that it could reach the stage that debt collectors show up at their door to seize goods.

Letters were sent out by the HMRC to any self-assessment tax payers who had already run up late-filing penalties of £1,300. If the recipients of the letters believe they shouldn't be in the self-assessment system they are asked to contact HMRC in order to be assessed. A spokesman for the HMRC said the letters are going to people who have "ignored numerous communications from HMRC, dating back to April 2011". He also said that bringing in a debt recovery service would be the last part of the process, but that collectors will arrive at the doors of those who continue to ignore communications.

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