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Similar to a lot of other post on here. I have received several letters in the last few weeks with demands ranging from £100 to over £4000 for late submission of self-assessment forms from 2016 onwards. This is the first I have heard of it!
I was self employed before 2016 and filled in self-assessments accordingly. When I ceased being self-employed I informed the HMRC about it and thought the matter was closed. I am now being contacted weekly about new fines, and warned that the amounts are increasing daily. Honestly, if I didn't know better I would think this was a scam.
I phoned the HMRC, who told me that they couldn't do anything until I filled out self-assessments for the period of time that I'd 'missed'. My defence to this was that if I filled these forms in now then they would definitely be late! I wrote a letter to the HMRC explaining the situation and again they told me to fill in self-assessments returns.
Without sounding dramatic, this feels like bullying.