Tax clock ticking if you want to avoid a fine

If you haven’t yet sent in your 2012/13 tax return, remember to do it online to avoid a penalty.

Nearly two million people in the South East have to file a Self Assessment return every year.

You must do it online by 31 Jan 2014 and you must be registered for HMRC Online Services.

If you send HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) a paper tax return from November onwards, you’ll receive a £100 late filing penalty – even if you have no tax to pay, or you pay your tax bill on time. This is because the 31 October deadline for 2012/13 paper tax returns has now passed.

This involves HMRC sending you an Activation Code in the post, so allow time for this to arrive. To register for HMRC Online Services go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/online and follow the on-screen instructions.

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