Tens of thousands left waiting for self-assessment returns

Tens of thousands of taxpayers were still awaiting their self-assessment tax
calculations this week with just days to go before the 31 January deadline. Some
advisers estimated that as many as 500,000 people were still waiting.

Taxpayers who send their self-assessment returns to HM Revenue & Customs
before the end of September are sent a calculation of what they owe, saving them
having to work out their liability.

Thousands of these filers have now received reminders to pay their tax, but
have not been issued with a payment calculation.

With just days to go before the 31 January deadline, the taxman has
apologised for the oversight but warned that taxpayers will still have to pay up
on time. HMRC has promised to have updated calculations sent out to all affected
by the end of the week.

‘Some SA Statements due to be sent to customers in December 2007 were not
issued. We are also aware that some of those customers have subsequently
received one of our general payment reminders with a blank payment slip. We are
very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you and/or your clients,’
HMRC said in a statement.

Further reading:

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full HMRC statement here

HMRC: file self-assessment returns early to avoid

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