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The HMRC is urging people to start sending in their 2011/2012 tax returns online as the deadline for the paper returns has now passed.

Those filing paper tax returns after the 1st of November will be hit with a £100 penalty, even if there is no tax to pay or the tax due is paid on time. 

The HMRC says that the longer people delay, the more they will be fined – as there are further late-filing penalties after three, six and twelve months.

Your online tax return must reach HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) by 31 January 2013.

If you haven’t sent an online tax return before, make sure you register for HMRC Online Services in good time.

This will allow HMRC time to send you your Activation Code.

Register for HMRC Online Services via just go to

For general help and advice on completing a return, visit or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.


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