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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 00:00

The 31 October deadline for submitting your paper 2009 tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now passed, and you must now file it online by midnight on Sunday 31 January 2010. If you submit a paper return now, you could be charged a £100 late filing penalty.


If you are filing a Self Assessment Tax return online for the first time, or you are new to online filing, you’ll first need to register for HMRC’s Self Assessment Online service. Registering is simple – visit the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa and click “Register for Self Assessment Online”. Once you’ve registered, an Activation Code will be sent to you in the post – it may take up to seven days for this to arrive, so it’s advisable to register as soon as possible.


When filing online, your tax is calculated automatically, you get an online acknowledgement once you’ve filed, and it’s processed faster, so any money you’re owed is repaid more quickly.


There are a very small number of cases where HMRC will still allow you to send in a paper tax return after 31 October instead of filing online, for example:

  • if there's no software available to file your tax return online, e.g. Non-Resident Companies
  • if you've been told by HMRC that you can't file online (you'll be aware of this already)
  • if it was after 31 October when HMRC asked you to complete a return
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