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HM Revenue & Customs (National): October tax deadline just days away

Press Release   •   Oct 19, 2010 12:17 BST

Anyone sending in their 2009/10 Self Assessment return on paper has just a few days left to file their return by the 31 October paper-filing deadline.

If you miss the deadline it could be costly, as paper returns filed after this date could mean a £100 penalty.

An alternative to paper-filing is to file your return online instead. It’s simple to do – three quarters of Self Assessment filers already do it – and you get three months longer to file.

Online filing has other advantages too: your tax is calculated automatically; you get an immediate online acknowledgement once you’ve filed; and it’s processed faster, so any money you’re owed is repaid more quickly.

Registering for online filing is simple – visit the HMRC website at and click “Register (new users)”.

Help and advice is available from the HMRC website at or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.

Notes to editors

1. More than 9m Self Assessment returns are sent out by HMRC every year. Last year, 6.4m taxpayers filed their SA returns online and on-time – a record number.

2. The deadline for online Self Assessment returns is 31 January.

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