HMRC issues self-assessment deadline warning

Anyone filing paper self-assessment tax returns only has until the end of the
month to submit the forms to HM Revenue & Customs.

Missing the 31 October deadline for 2009/10 paper returns could land late
filers a £100 penalty, the taxman warned.

Three quarters of the UK’s nine million self-assessed taxpayers already file
online, which allows them three months longer to file their returns with HMRC.

The taxman prefers people to submit online because it cuts down on the
resource-intensive process of trawling through paper returns.

“Online filing has other advantages too: your tax is calculated
automatically; you get an immediate online acknowledgement once you’ve filed;
and it’s processed faster, so any money you’re owed is repaid more quickly,”
HMRC said.

Paper filers can register for online filing by visiting and clicking “Register (new users)”, the taxman added.

Help and advice is also available from the HMRC website at
or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.

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