Belfast Telegraph

Late returns drop as man hikes up fines

Harsher penalties and an advertising campaign featuring newsreader Moira Stuart have led to a 39% fall in people filing returns late.

Some 850,000 people will receive fines of £100 over the next fortnight for failing to submit self-assessment returns on time, HM Revenues & Customs said yesterday, but this is 39% lower than the 1.4m a year ago.

The number of late returns fell after the ads and tough new rules on late payment that mean people face fines even if they do not owe the man a penny.