By Claire West
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued an alert to anyone filing their Self Assessment tax return on paper — get it in by 31 October, or you could face a £100 penalty.
If you normally file on paper, you could also file your return online instead. It’s simple to file your return electronically — 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 www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa and click “Register for Self Assessment Online”.
Help and advice is available from the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.