25 JANUARY 2000 WEEKEND OPENING FOR LAST MINUTE SELF ASSESSMENT TAX RETURNS

About 300 Inland Revenue offices across the country will open during the weekend of 29 and 30 January to receive last minute Self Assessment tax returns and payments from taxpayers who have still to meet the 31 January deadline.

Any taxpayer who has received a Self Assessment tax return and has not yet sent it back to us can hand the form in at any Inland Revenue Enquiry Centre. The Enquiry Centres will also accept payments of tax.

Details of the offices that are open and the opening times are available on the Inland Revenue Internet site at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk or by contacting the Self Assessment helpline on 0645 000 444.

DETAILS

1. The Self Assessment tax system was introduced in April 1996. The first Self Assessment tax returns were issued in April 1997.

2. Under the Self Assessment tax system people who are sent a tax return need to complete it and send it back to us by 31 January. If this deadline is not met a penalty of 100 pounds will be charged.

3. The 31 January is also the final date for paying any balancing payment for the tax year 1998/99 and the first payment on account for the tax year 1999/2000. Any balancing payment or payment on account not paid by this date will be subject to an interest charge. The current rate of interest is 7.5%.

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