The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) should make sure it has adequate resources in order to cope with tax-returns submitted right on deadline day."The self-assessment form is just one of the many important tasks involved in running a business and there can be many reasons, both personal and business-related, why the self-employed and owners of small businesses need right up to January 31st to complete it," Simon Sweetman, FSB Tax Spokesman, said.HMRC says that it can offer no guarantee that firms admitting their tax returns on deadline day will get a receipt – and says that SMEs may have to wait a while to get any paper returns, as it will have to work its way through a backlog of post."There is no excuse for HMRC not to be fully prepared for the inevitable surge of tax returns in the run up to the deadline," Mr Sweetman continued. "We urge them to make sure that they allocate adequate staff and resources to cope with the influx."The FSB says that SMEs need the "reassurance" that their return has been logged, adding that it is "surely not too much to ask for taxpayers to get the peace of mind of a guarantee that their return has been received and is being processed".© Adfero Ltd