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11:30 AM 4th January 2020

'Get Quacking' - With Less Than A Month To Go

HMRC is urging Self Assessment customers to complete their Self Assessment tax return before the 31 January 2020 deadline.

About 5.4 million taxpayers have less than a month to complete their Self Assessment tax returns before the 31 January deadline.

More than 11 million 2018 to 2019 tax returns are due back with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the end of January. Around 54% of taxpayers have already filed their returns with more than 5.6 million of those completed online (89% of the total returns filed).

See support and guidance for Self Assessment on GOV.UK.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

"The Self Assessment deadline on 31 January is fast approaching so customers have just under a month left to file their tax returns online to avoid any unnecessary penalties. Any tax due is also payable by 31 January.

"We know that can be a worry, and not only when large sums are involved, so I would urge anyone who is expecting to find it difficult to pay their tax to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to help and provide practical support."

If you are completing Self Assessment for the first time or are yet to start your 2018 to 2019 tax return, there is a wide range of support and guidance available on GOV.UK to help at every stage of the process.

Help is also available on GOV.UK or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 and on social media.

People need to complete a tax return if they:

or their partner received Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than £50,000
received more than £2,500 in other untaxed income, for example:
from tips or commission
money from renting out a property
income from savings, investments and dividends
foreign income
are self-employed sole traders and earned more than a £1,000
are a partner in a business partnership
are employees claiming expenses in excess of £2,500
have an annual income over £100,000

If customers completed a Self Assessment tax return last year but didn’t have any tax to pay, they still need to complete a 2018 to 2019 tax return unless HMRC has written to them to say it is not required.

Customers who are not sure if they need to file a tax return can use the following tool:
https://www.gov.uk/check-if-you-need-tax-return