Deadline for self-assessment paper returns approaches

Tax payers wishing to file a paper self-assessment tax return for 2012/13 are being urged not to miss the 31 October deadline.

With less than a week to go, individuals could face a series of penalties if they miss the deadline for filing their 2012/13 returns by post.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will automatically apply a penalty of £100 for returns received on or after 1 November, even if you have no tax to pay or you have already paid the tax you owe.

As well as the fixed penalty, a £10 penalty will then apply for each following late day up to a 90-day maximum of £900. There are further penalties following this three month period.

If you are sending a paper return close to the deadline, HMRC recommends that you obtain proof of posting, as this provides evidence of your posting date in the event of any appeal against a late-filing penalty. 

Individuals choosing to file their returns online can do so until a later deadline on 31 January 2014.

We can help file your self-assessment returns accurately and on time.