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Self-assessment tax returns for 2019/2020 could have been submitted on paper, but the deadline for this was 31st October. Subsequent 2019/2020 tax returns must be filed online in order to avoid an automatic filing penalty of £100.

Therefore, you will now need to register for HM Revenue and Customs’ Online Services and obtain an Activation Code. Please note, it can take seven working days to receive your Activation Code, which means you must register by 21st January 2021 in order to obtain your code in time for the filing deadline of 31st January 2021.

Alternatively, an accountant can file your tax return for you provided they use specific software - even if you haven’t completed the official form to authorise them to deal with your affairs. They’ll need your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), but you don’t need to have registered for Online Services.

Using an accountant can save you tax, stress and time. Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to liaise with HMRC on your behalf. Call 0800 0523 555 or enquire online here.

Last updated: 13th January 2021

This article is intended to inform rather than advise and is based on legislation and practice at the time. Taxpayer’s circumstances do vary and if you feel that the information provided is beneficial it is important that you contact us before implementation. If you take, or do not take action as a result of reading this article, before receiving our written endorsement, we will accept no responsibility for any financial loss incurred.

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