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With just over a week to go, the countdown is on to submit your tax return before next Friday’s deadline (31 January 2020).

If you don’t need to send a tax return or have already sent it and paid any amount due, there’s nothing else for you to do.

HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services Angela MacDonald said: “The Self Assessment deadline on 31 January is fast approaching so customers have just under a month left to file their tax returns online to avoid any unnecessary penalties. Any tax due is also payable by 31 January. We know that can be a worry, and not only when large sums are involved, so I would urge anyone who is expecting to find it difficult to pay their tax to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to help and provide practical support.”

Self Assessment customers can submit their return via their personal tax account, it takes five minutes to sign up for an account. If you think you will not be able to submit your tax return by 31 January, please let HMRC know so they can help you.

Recap of what you need to know

Make sure you put this date in your diary.

  • If you still have to submit your 2018/2019 Self Assessment Tax Return, you need to do it online and pay what you owe by 11.59pm on 31 January 2020
  • You risk paying a £100 late-filing penalty if you don’t submit your tax return and any money you owe by the deadline


Need help completing your tax return?

If you need to send your 2018-19 Self Assessment tax return but haven’t yet done so, make sure you take advantage of HMRC’s online support.

Help and advice on filing your return is available from the GOV.UK website at or the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 (open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; 8am to 4pm on Saturday; and 9am to 5pm on Sunday).

HMRC has videos, online webchats, live webinars, and social media support which can be accessed at any time, and on any device, to help you fill in and file your returns.

Don’t forget to also check out the HMRC’s YouTube channel which has a range of short videos on ‘Self Assessment’, including advice =specifically aimed at customers completing a tax return for the first time.

For more information dip into the ‘Business Expenses for the Self-employed’ e-learning Guide‘, available at a time that suits you. To help you budget for your Self Assessment tax bill, there’s a handy ‘Ready Reckoner’ tool on G‌OV‌.U‌K.

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