Revenue Powers – Record Keeping

Taxpayers must now retain records which substantiate the entries on tax returns.

A business taxpayer is required to maintain records which include the following:

  • Receipts and expenses
  • Sales and purchases
  • Other supporting documents

for five years after the filing deadline and for six years for companies.

The penalty for failure to maintain proper records is a maximum of £3,000 which is usually only sought in the more serious situations, such as deliberate destruction of records.

HMRC Manuals state the following as far as record keeping is concerned – “The records that a person keeps will generally reflect the size and complexity of their affairs. They may range from the most simplest of manual records for a sole trader to the most sophisticated computerised system for a multi-national company.”

HMRC’s views on records are that they should:

  • Allow the person to make a correct and complete return
  • Allow the person to calculate the correct amount of tax
  • Enable them to check the figures reported on the tax return

Please therefore bear all of the above in mind when maintaining your personal and business records.


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