Over half of all VAT fines wrong

According to figures obtained by Hacker Young, during the 18 months to 31 October 2010 the VAT Internal Review Team considered almost 29,000 appeals against penalties imposed by HMRC for incorrect returns and late payments. In just over 50% of these appeals, the penalties were cancelled because they had been wrongly imposed. In most cases the penalties were cancelled because the mistakes made by businesses were not as a result of carelessness but rather a genuine mistake.

If that weren't bad enough, the penalties were overturned by HMRC's review team who are hardly likely to be independent!