Reminder to file tax on time

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WEARSIDERS have just days left to send off their tax returns without being hit with a fine.

HM Revenue and customs (HMRC) is reminding people that 2011/12 paper tax returns need to be received by October 31.

Paper tax returns received on or after November 1 will result in a £100 penalty – even if there is no tax to pay or the tax due is paid on time.

Every year, an estimated 280,000 people across the North East have to file a self- assessment return.

Anyone unable to submit a paper return by the end of the month, can avoid a late-filing penalty by sending a return online by January 31.

As well as having an extra three months to file, if you file online, your tax is calculated automatically and your tax return is processed faster, so any money you’re owed is repaid more quickly.

To register for HMRC Online Services, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/online.

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

For advice on completing a return, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa or phone 0845 9000 444.