Self assessment deadlines
HMRC are keen to remind taxpayers that the deadline for submitting 2008/9 tax returns is31 January 2010. Taxpayers should also be aware that payment of any tax due should be paid to HMRC by the last working day of the month, Friday 29 January.
All filings must now be made online. Any returns that are filed after the 31 January 2010 deadline will be subject to an automatic penalty of £100 as will any paper returns even if submitted before 31 January as the deadline for filing paper based tax returns was 31 October 2009.
Any taxpayers who are filing online for the first time should ensure that they register to use HMRC’s Self Assessment Online service as soon as possible. Once registered it can take up to seven days for an activation code to be sent by mail.
The Self Assessment helpline is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm and can be reached on 0845 9000 444.