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From October 2011, the penalties for late or non-filing of a contractor's monthly return within the Construction Industry Scheme are changing.
The first return falling within the new penalty regime will be the return for the month ending 5 November 2011.
The following penalties will apply to that return and all subsequent months' returns that are not filed or filed late:
Interest will be chargeable on any penalty paid late.
The legislation for the change is at schedule 55 Finance Act 2009.
Paragraph 13 of Schedule 55 to Finance Act 2009 introduces a penalty capping provision. The fixed penalties within the capping period will not exceed a maximum of £3,000. The capping period starts on the day of commencement (the date the contractor advises HMRC that they will first pay, or have first paid, a subcontractor) until the date they first file a CIS monthly return. Tax-geared penalties of 5% of the amount of deductions shown on the returns will also apply in the capping period where the return is submitted over 6 and 12 months late. There will be no fixed minimum charge of £300 when the capping period applies.
Further information about the new penalties and the transition from the current penalty processes to the new processes will be published later.