No weekend break for online tax filers

Moira Stewart, the face of self assessment

Online tax filers are being warned not to treat Sunday 31 January as a day
off, as HMRC will still fine those missing deadline day despite it falling on
the weekend this year.

“Do not think that just because the deadline falls on a Sunday, HMRC will not
be strict in handing out fines to those who file late,” the ICAEW’s technical
manager, Anita Monteith, told the

“Even if you file in the early hours of Monday 1 February, you will still be
liable to a £100 penalty,” she added.

Those filing their tax returns online will have to register with HMRC at
least a week before the deadline in order to receive an activation code. The
number of online returns is expected to surpass the 5.8m who did so last year,
with many more self-employed following job losses.

The deadline for filing paper returns passed in October last year.

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