Tax returns for the year to 5 April 2011 filed late will create a penalty even if the correct amount of tax is paid on time or indeed there is no more tax to pay. Arguably that was a move which could have been expected before now, and at least the basic penalty stays at £100.

What may not be so apparent to those of you who tend not to pass the papers we need until close to or even after the deadline (31 January 2012 for the tax return for the year to 5 April 2011) is how quickly penalties can now stack up. The new penalties for late filing of Self Assessment returns result in, for example, an overall penalty after 3 months delay of £10 per day up to a maximum of £900.

Please therefore help us to help you – by giving us enough time to prepare your tax return well before the deadline of 31 January 2012.


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