chance to settle tax bills
TAXPAYERS who have failed
to submit tax returns are being offered the chance to come forward
and pay up under a new HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) campaign.
Beginning on 9 July 2013, the campaign is aimed at people who have
received a Self Assessment tax return or notice to complete a tax
return for any year up to 2011 to 12 but, have not taken action.
As part of the campaign, HMRC will be writing directly to several
thousand people it has identified using intelligence-gathering
software, and will follow up with calls to many of them.
Marian Wilson, HMRC's head of campaigns, said:- "This is
definitely the best time to catch up, on the best possible terms.
While some penalties will apply, it is likely to cost people more if
we have to find them rather than them coming to us. We have made it
easy to take part. We know this approach works because Campaigns
launched so far have produced more than £547 million by people
coming forward voluntarily. And evidence shows that people who
change their behaviour voluntarily are more likely to remain
compliant longer. We will continue to analyse information using
Connect, our state-of-the-art risking engine, and will be looking
more closely at people who have gaps in their tax records."
The campaign follows last year's Tax Return Initiative campaign,
which covered higher-rate taxpayers who had failed to submit 2008 to
09 or 2009 to 10 returns. Under that campaign, more than £30 million
was paid when over 3,000 people came forward voluntarily, filing
more than 5,500 tax returns.
Once participants have told HMRC that they want to take part in the
campaign, they have until 15 October 2013 to complete and submit a
tax return, and pay the tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
that they owe.
After 15 October 2013, if they have not submitted their returns and
paid the tax due, penalties of up to 100 per cent of the tax, or
even criminal investigation, could follow.
Help is available from HMRC:-
► Also via a dedicated helpline on:- 0845
North West region to be targeted in this campaign is the breakdown
Cheshire = 457
Greater Manchester = 636
Lancashire = 318
Merseyside = 170
Cumbria = 53
Dr Who favourite
Colin Baker 'materialises' at Spaceport
A Sci-fi-tastic event for
Dr Who enthusiasts takes place at Spaceport on Saturday, 20 July
2013, when former Dr Who actor, Colin Baker, visits the Wirral
Colin Baker, who played the 6th embodiment of the celebrated Doctor
from 1984 to 1986, will be at Spaceport between 10am to 4pm to meet
Dr Who fans and share some anecdotes from his stint as the Time
Lord; plus there will also be replica Doctor Who costume characters
ranging from the 1970's up to the present day.
Colin's visit launches a fun packed schedule at Spaceport over the
summer holidays, including a Monster Making weekend and the new Time
Travellers exhibition featuring favourites such as life size Daleks,
Cybermen, a TARDIS display, a Sontaran, a scary Weeping Angel and K9; plus prop weapons and an activity area.
Spaceport hosts the exhibition giving sci-fi fans a unique
opportunity to experience the creative talents of Hyde Fundraisers,
a voluntary organisation who create replica characters from DR WHO,
STAR WARS and other sci-fi programmes to raise funds for BBC
Children In Need and other charities.
Admission prices are as follows, but please note that Colin Baker autographs
carry an extra charge, if you want one:-
Adult - £8.00
Child - £4.50 (5 to 15 yrs.)
Family - £20.50 (2 adults & 3 children)
Concession - £5.50
THE next meeting of
Southport Access For Everyone (SAFE) forum will be held at the
Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport, PR8 6DG. On
Monday, 22 July 2013 at 7pm. This is a free public meeting. The
premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users with adequate car
parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served will be
served before the meeting commences. Anyone with an interest in
disability issues is welcome. Our website is
Also you can get further information today by calling telephone:-