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Remember, remember, it’s online from November

Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2013 10:31 GMT

If you haven’t yet sent in your 2012/13 tax return, remember to do it online to avoid a penalty.

If you send HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) a paper tax return from November onwards, you’ll receive a £100 late-filing penalty – even if you have no tax to pay, or you pay your tax bill on time. This is because the 31 October deadline for 2012/13 paper tax returns has now passed.

Anyone who hasn’t sent in their 2012/13 tax return must do it online by 31 January 2014.

To send an online tax return, you must be registered for HMRC Online Services. This involves HMRC sending you an Activation Code in the post, so allow time for this to arrive. To register for HMRC Online Services go to and follow the on-screen instructions.

For general help and advice on completing a return, visit or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 (open 8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays).

Notes for editors

1.  Around 10.9 million people are expected to fill out a Self Assessment return for the 2012/13 tax year.

2.  HMRC received 9.61 million on-time tax returns for the 2011/12 tax year – 7.93 million (82.5 per cent) online and 1.68 million (17.5 per cent) on paper.

3.  The penalties for late Self Assessment returns are:

  • an initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time;
  • after 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900;
  • after 6 months, a further penalty of 5 per cent of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater; and
  • after 12 months, another 5 per cent or £300 charge, whichever is greater.

4.  There are also additional penalties for paying late of 5 per cent of the tax unpaid at: 30 days; 6 months; and 12 months.

5.  Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk

6.  Images are available on HMRC’s flickr site

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.