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Paper filing self-assessment tax date looms

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Taxpayers are being reminded that the date for submitting a paper self-assessment tax return is imminent.

The cut-off point for paper returns is 31 October.

Last year, some 2,467,000 people submitted self-assessment tax returns in paper format.

Of those, 2,143,000 (87 per cent) managed to meet the deadline. Late returns could mean a £100 penalty.

However, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging taxpayers to consider online filing.

Stephen Banyard, director of HMRC’s business customer unit, said: “The other option would be to file online – three quarters of self assessment filers already do so – where you get three months longer to file.

“Online filing has other advantages too: your tax is calculated automatically; you get an immediate online acknowledgement once you’ve filed; and it’s processed faster, so any money you’re owed is repaid more quickly. So, it is really worth considering.”

Further help on self assessment is available at or by calling the helpline on 0845 900 0444.