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Are you ready for Self Assessment deadline?

Are you ready for Self Assessment deadline?

The deadline for filing your Self Assessment tax return – and paying any tax you owe – is Monday 31 January. You can file online at

Get a user ID now

If you are submitting your Self Assessment return online for the first time, you’ll need to register to use HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) online services. An Activation Code will be posted to you, which will take up to seven working days to arrive. So you need to register now to ensure you receive your Activation Code in good time.

If you’ve filed online before, check you still have your user ID and password to hand. It can take seven working days to get replacements, so you will need to order them now if you’ve mislaid them.

31 January 2011

If HMRC receives your tax return after the January 31 deadline, you could be liable for a £100 penalty.

The Self Assessment Online service is available 24 hours a day for you or your accountant to log on to and file your return. You can avoid the busiest times by using the service between 5pm and 8am, Monday to Friday.

Your reference number

If you are using an accountant, make sure you give them your Unique Taxpayer Reference number (UTR). Using the correct UTR will avoid processing delays and ensure your data is captured against the right record. You receive a UTR when you register for Self Assessment.

Your paperwork

You will need details of your business accounts for the tax year ended 5 April 2010, for example, your spreadsheets of income and expenditure, bank and credit card statements, invoices from customers and expenses receipts. You will also need to provide details of any other income such as interest on bank and building society accounts or income from stocks and shares.

If you are paying into a pension plan, You will need records showing how much you paid during the tax year 2009/10.

Need help filling in your return?

Visit HMRC's Self Assessment website or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 900 0444.

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