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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that more than one million of their customers filed their tax returns in February, taking advantage of the extra time its allowed for people to complete their Self-Assessment without facing a penalty.

This move was vital in supporting the cash flow of self-employed people and businesses across the UK, helping to ensure their survival as they recover from the pandemic.

In addition to the extra time allotted to file Self-Assessment tax returns, HMRC has also given its customers until April 1 to pay their outstanding tax bill or set up a Time to Pay arrangement to avoid receiving a late payment penalty. Interest has been applied to all outstanding balances since February 1.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: “We understand some customers might be worrying about paying their Self-Assessment bill this year, and we want to support them. To see if you’re eligible to set up a payment plan, go to GOV.UK and search ‘pay my Self-Assessment’.”

The existing Time to Pay service allows any individual or business who needs it the option to spread their tax payments over time. Self-Assessment taxpayers with up to £30,000 of tax debt can do this online once they have filed their return.

If customers owe more than £30,000 or need longer to pay, they should call the Self-Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822.

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