The Inland Revenue is allowing an extra two weeks for some taxpayers to fill in their self-assessment tax returns online if their first attempt was rejected by the website - even though the deadline passed at midnight last night.
The record volume of traffic using the Revenue’s website was blamed for taxpayers not being able to file their tax returns, with an estimated 9.5 million people having received self-assessment returns for the 2003/04 tax year.
The Revenue said that any failed submissions that are re-submitted within 14 days will not be liable for the standard £100 fine for late payment.
A Revenue statement apologised for the ‘disruption of service’ and said: ‘We recognise that if the submissions failed our validation, you may be unable to rectify and resubmit before the deadline.
‘We hold a complete record of all submissions over the weekend and if any of those failed submissions are re-submitted within 14 days of the date when we sent out the ‘submission failed’ message, we will waive any late filing penalty notices. Any payments due should still be made by 31 January.’
Close to one million taxpayers missed the 31 January deadline in 2004 and received an automatic £100 fine as a result.