Shorterm Group Ltd v Customs and Excise: VDT 30 Dec 2004

DEFAULT SURCHARGE – Reasonable excuse – Late payment – Shortage of funds – Appellant factored debts on basis that it could draw down amounts required to pay VAT – Appellant notified debt-factor of intention to draw down but received payment from debt-factor seven minutes late – Appellant unable to meet 3.30pm deadline for payment to Commissioners – Whether delay in receiving payment from debt-factor foreseeable – No – Whether reasonable excuse for late payment of tax – Yes
DEFAULT SURCHARGE – Reasonable excuse – Late payment – Appellant had team of two individuals to arrange electronic transfers – Senior member of team unexpectedly absent on account of son’s illness – Junior member of team failed to activate payment by 3.30pm on the due date – Whether reasonable excuse – Yes


[2004] UKVAT V18900




England and Wales


Updated: 13 October 2022; Ref: scu.221133