October Tax Return Filing Deadline

I have received a letter from HM Revenue & Customs reminding me that I need to file my tax return by 31st October 2012.  I do not have all of the information together yet so I cannot complete it. Is there a way I can avoid a late filing penalty?

1st October 2012

The filing deadline of 31st October 2012 only applies to those taxpayers wishing to complete and submit a paper 2012 tax return. But taxpayers also have the alternative to file the tax returns online. The online filing procedure allows taxpayers to submit 2012 returns up until 31st January 2013.

But it is a good practice to complete your tax return as early as possible. Not leaving it until the last minute should avoid mistakes being made and allow you to consider any tax planning opportunities available.

Furthermore, you will know what your tax liability is ahead of the due date of 31st January 2013 and therefore, have more time to put some money aside and manage your cashflow better. Filing your tax return ahead of 31st January 2013, whether you file it electronically or in hardcopy, does not accelerate the due date for the tax either.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of your income tax affairs, please feel free to contact your local TaxAssist Accountant.

By Jo Nockels

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