HMRC tax return deadline looms

The January 31 deadline is fast approaching for anyone who hasn’t sent in their tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Any outstanding 2009/10 tax returns must be filed online by January 31, 2011 at midnight. HMRC warns that if you submit your tax return after this date, you could receive a £100 late-filing fine.

“It’s important that tax returns are completed on time, not only to avoid penalties but to make sure your tax affairs are up to date. HMRC takes a dim view of late filers and will trigger tax enquiries if you’re tardy,” says Eric Pritchard, partner at Hatfield-based accountancy firm Keelings.

The January 31 tax return deadline applies to individuals, partnerships and trusts, which must file online.

It can take up to seven working days to get a new user ID and password for the HMRC website, so if you need them, you need to act now by visiting the HMRC online filing website.

And don’t forget, January 31 is also the deadline for paying any tax you owe for the 2009/10 tax year. If you’re worried about filing your tax return or have any questions, you can call HMRC’s self assessment helpline: 0845 9000 444.

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