Self-Assessment tax return deadline approaches

26 October 2020

HMRC is reminding its customers that the Self-Assessment tax return deadline is rapidly approaching. The official deadline for tax returns for 2019-20 is 31 January 2021, but HMRC encourages individuals to complete it early, where possible, in order to swerve the last-minute rush.

Anybody who has already completed their return and has paid, or made payment arrangements, does not need to take any further action. Those who complete their tax return online will be able to see an instant calculation of any tax that is due.

HMRC wants to reassure anybody who has been negatively impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus, and who needs additional help to spread the cost of their tax bill, that they can do so by contacting HMRC, and that there is more information available at Gov.UK in relation to the service and whether or not individuals are eligible.

Anybody who is intending to complete a paper tax return must ensure that they send their completed paperwork to HMRC by 31 October 2020.

As always, there is a reminder about being vigilant towards scams, particularly as there has been a significant increase in scam emails, calls and texts throughout the duration of the pandemic. Any correspondence purporting to be from HMRC which requests information such as name, credit card or bank details should not be responded to, especially where it is claimed that financial help can be provided, or a tax refund is owed. Any suspicious texts should be forwarded to 60599, and any emails claiming to be from HMRC sent to [email protected]


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