Penalty! Import Export Support's update on HMRC penalties and how to avoid them

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  • Tracey Renshaw, MD of Import Export Support
    Tracey Renshaw, MD of Import Export Support

As part of your Brexit planning, our advice is to remember compliance is key.
We can be sure that HMRC will be hot on compliance next year, we see they have recently updated the notice on penalties.

Why it's worth checking compliance  

The list of penalties is eye-watering, ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 per instance. It will be the trader, the importer or exporter, who will be penalised, not the person submitting the declaration on your behalf.
They make it clear that excuses such as I didn’t know or We didn’t check won’t wash. In HMRC’s world, ignorance is never bliss!
The good news is penalties can be avoided if you discover the contravention before HMRC and report it straight away. HMRC say:

"You will not receive a penalty if you discover and disclose a contravention voluntarily"    

Our advice is to ensure your Brexit planning includes an emphasis on checking compliance at every stage.

Details on penalties here:
HMRC penalties

Who will be liable for what here:
HMRC information

We can expect further developments on this and other import and export systems, we will endeavour to keep you updated. As always, please call or email me with comments or questions, we’re always happy to discuss individual issues, click here:
Import Export Support site

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