HMRC warns taxpayers of Self Assessment deadline

More than 5.5 million taxpayers need to complete their Self Assessment tax returns for the tax year 2017 to 2018 before the deadline of 31 January 2019, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.

According to the revenue, over 11.5 million 2017 to 2018 tax returns are due and HMRC has expressed its expectation that the vast majority of taxpayers will have completed their returns and paid any tax owed by the end of January.

As of 31 December 2018, about 52 per cent of taxpayers have already filled their returns, and more than 5 million of them have completed their returns online, accounting for 88 per cent of the total returns filed.

Treasury financial secretary Mel Stride said: “It is encouraging that around 52% of taxpayers have already completed their Self Assessment tax returns. With less than one month to go before the deadline, there are still many people that need to act now.

“HMRC is encouraging all Self Assessment filers to complete their returns by 31 January and is offering support every step of the way.”

Also commenting, HMRC director general for customer services Angela MacDonald: “The Self Assessment deadline on 31 January is fast approaching, but there is still time for customers to file their tax returns online and on time to avoid any unnecessary penalties.”

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