HMRC issue self-assessment reminder

HMRC has urged anyone filing a self-assessment tax return for the first time to ensure they have registered for online filing by the end of this week.

The deadline for online self-assessment tax returns is 31 January, but those using the online system for the first time must ensure they have registered online by Saturday 21 January. This will ensure that the HMRC has enough time to send an account activation code through the post, with ten days then left to complete filing online.

The HMRC was eager to stress the importance of registering for a self-assessment tax return online, with anyone failing to file a return by 31 January facing a £100 penalty. This penalty will be enforced even if you have no tax to pay, with the HMRC also introducing changes which mean the longer payment is delayed, the more the amount will be.

Those who fail to pay the penalty within three months of the deadline will face a penalty charge for each additional date, while returns which are six months late face a further charge. With additional fines for those returns that are 12 months late, self-assessment taxpayers could end up with fine of over £1,600.

Taxpayers can register at www.hmrc.gov.uk/online and a self-assessment helpline is also available on 0845 9000 444.