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31 October paper Self-Assessment filing deadline

The 2019-20 tax return deadline for submitting your paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2020. Due to the impact of coronavirus, taxpayers were able to delay making their second payment on account for the 2019-20 tax year (due on 31 July 2020) until 31 January 2021. 

It has also been announced that most taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay” self-service facility for this payment on account and also for other payments due in January 2021 extending the deadline until January 2022. 

If you are still submitting paper tax returns, we would recommend that you consider the benefits of submitting the returns electronically. This includes gaining an additional three months (until 31 January 2021) in which to submit your return. You will also receive instant confirmation that a return has been filed and not need to rely on postal service. 

Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid by the relevant deadline.

If you received a letter informing you to submit a paper return after 30 July 2020, then you have an extended deadline which runs for three months from the date you received the letter in order to submit a paper return.

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31 October paper Self-Assessment filing deadline

The 2018-19 tax return deadline for submitting your paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2019. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will trigger a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2020.

If you are still submitting paper tax returns, we would recommend that you consider the benefits of submitting the returns electronically. This extends the filing deadline by an additional three months (until 31 January 2020). You will also benefit from quicker repayments of any tax refunds you may be due and instant confirmation that a return has been filed.

Daily penalties of £10 per day will take effect if your tax return is still outstanding three months after the filing date up to a maximum of £900. If the return still remains outstanding further higher penalties will be charged from six months and twelve months.

If you received a letter informing you to submit a paper return after 30 July 2019, then you have an extended deadline which runs for three months from the date you received the letter requesting you to submit a paper return.

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