By Marcus Leach

To make sure customers are not disadvantaged if they cannot get through to HM Revenue & Custom's call centres on 31 January, they will not impose any late filing penalties for people who file their Self Assessment (SA) returns on 1 and 2 February.

The SA deadline remains midnight on 31 January. But HMRC will treat all returns that come in by midnight on 2 February as though they were submitted by 31 January. No customer will have to pay interest on payments due on 31 January that are paid on 1 or 2 February.

“We’ve always been very clear that we want the returns — not the penalties," acting Director General Personal Tax, Stephen Banyard, said.

"For that reason, we don’t want anyone who can’t get through for help and advice on 31 January to be disadvantaged in any way.”

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