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Tax deadline looms

Submit your 08/09 tax return online by 31 January

Self Assessment tax returns for 2007/08 must be completed, with any outstanding tax paid, by the end of this month, and first timers only have until 21 January to register with the online system.

January 31st 2009

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued a reminder that anyone filing a tax return needs to do so online by 31 January or risk a £100 penalty. Those who file a paper return now also risk being fined £100, as the deadline for paper returns was 31 October last year.

If users haven’t completed an online tax return in the past, they will need to register on the HMRC website by clicking “Register for Self Assessment Online” by the 21 January, to allow time for a PIN to be posted out and received.

The government department said 31 January is also the final date for people to pay tax owed for the 2007/08 tax year. Payments can be made via the online system.

HMRC’s Stephen Banyard said: “Don’t forget – if you are filing your return in January, you need to do it online. It is quick, secure and convenient, and if you have not filed online before there is plenty of help and support available.”

New tax codes

The 2009/2010 tax year will see new codes introduced and some overall changes. In January and February, HMRC will be writing to individuals with their new tax codes for the 2009/2010 tax year. People only need to take action if they think their tax code is incorrect – first check tax codes on the HMRC website and if that doesn’t provide an answer, contact the HMRC office quoted in the letter.

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