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31 October self assessment deadline

HMRC are warning taxpayers who wish to file a paper (non electronic) tax return for the 2009/10 tax year, that the return should generally reach them by midnight on Sunday 31 October 2010.

However the guidance on the HMRC website states

"You may have to pay a late filing penalty if you deliver your tax return late.

You won't have to pay a late filing penalty if:

  • Your tax return is in the HMRC office letter box when it is first opened on Monday 1 November 2010.
  • Your tax return is received in the post on Monday 1 November 2010 or handed in during office hours on that day. In this case, HMRC will however have longer to start a check into your tax return - until 31 January 2012 rather than 31 October 2011. The same applies to tax returns that are found in HMRC office post boxes first thing on Tuesday 2 November 2010.

There will be a late filing penalty if your tax return is delivered by post or by hand after the above dates."

The deadline for filing returns may be later in some circumstances for example:

  • you received your tax return or a letter (called a 'Notice to File') telling you to file online after 31 July
  • there is no software available to file your tax return online.

If you fail to make the paper filing deadline, please do get in touch if you would like us to help you file your return online. Taxpayers generally have until 31 January 2011 to submit their self assessment return online.

Internet link: HMRC news

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