For 2010-2011 tax returns that are submitted late, HMRC were able to charge the two standard £100 late filing penalties as in previous years. However, they also had the ability to charge £10 per day penalties for a maximum of 90 days. This has led to HMRC issuing penalties of up to £1,000 for late tax returns.
As the paper tax return filing deadline of 31 October 2012 has now passed, if you are required to submit a tax return, you must file this online by 31 January 2013.
Any returns submitted after this deadline will automatically receive a £100 penalty. In addition, surcharges and interest will be charged on any tax liabilities not paid by the same date.
If you have not completed a tax return online in the past, you will need a user name and password from HMRC to file your tax return online. Please note that it can take HMRC up to 2 weeks to issue these once you have registered online.
Given that the deadline for tax returns filed online is 31 January 2013, the sooner you register with HMRC, the better.
If you need any assistance in registering with HMRC or completing your tax return, please contact Karen Robinson on 0161 975 6700 or email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quotation.