HMRC reminds taxpayers of looming self-assessment deadline

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued an official reminder to self-assessment taxpayers, warning them not to miss the 31 January 2018 tax return deadline.

In a press release issued on Wednesday 29 November, the tax authority has urged self-assessment taxpayers to get their tax affairs in order today, to avoid a last-minute rush following the Christmas period.

HMRC has reiterated the fact that those filing for the first-time will need to create a Government Gateway account before they can begin completing their online return.

It has also advised confused taxpayers to turn to the GOV.UK website here for tips on how to complete their return, or to visit HMRC’s YouTube channel here.

Angela MacDonald, Director General of Customer Services at HMRC, advised taxpayers that, in today’s digital age, self-assessment returns can be completed and filed on the move.

“Twenty years ago, filing self-assessment returns on a mobile phone would have been unimaginable,” she said.

“Today, completing your self-assessment via your Personal Tax Account can be done anywhere or at any time; on the bus, in a coffee shop or while watching TV, using your phone, a tablet or a computer… it’s now easier than ever before.”

She added: “The deadline for returning your self-assessment, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2018 – do it now and enjoy the festive period.”