Self assessment 'worst offenders' reminded to get their returns in on time

Date: 22/01/15

Self assessment 'worst offenders' reminded to get their returns in on time

With only a week left until the deadline for self-assessment tax returns, people are reminded to get their documents filed on time.

It comes after new data released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) revealed that young men aged between 18 and 20 were the worst offenders for returning tax returns on time in 2013, while individuals in the London were the most likely to file their return late.

The figures, taken from last year’s findings, also indicated that the over-65s were the most likely to get their returns in on time and that women were generally better than men.

According to HMRC's latest data 6.45 million returns have already been submitted ahead of the deadline at the end of the month, with another 4.5 million still outstanding.

All tax returns, whether paper or online, must include all details of taxable income, and any capital gains if appropriate, as well as any taxable allowances or reliefs incurred during that tax year.

Failing to file your return on time carries with it significant fines, which include an immediate fine of £100 for not submitting before the deadline.  After this penalties can quickly escalate and leaving it longer than three months could see £10 a day added to the fine, up to a maximum of £900.

The same rules apply if your return is incomplete when sent and you are found to owe tax.  On this occasion you may also have to pay interest on top of any fine.

As the research from HMRC shows, young men are the worst offenders, but regardless of your sex, age or occupation, filing a tax return is something that is best done on time.  Although there is only a week left to file your return, it is never too late to act.

If you feel unable to complete and file your return or are worried about potential errors in the return you wish to send then the best step maybe to seek professional help.  By speaking with an accountant you can ensure your documents are accurate and delivered on time, removing the stress and fear of fines.

Those who continually find themselves in a panic to get their returns in on time should consider preparing them earlier and either submitting them on paper, before the 31 October deadline, or have them prepared well in advance so they can be easily uploaded online.

For more information please contact Gareth Westworth at the office.

Gareth Westworth

Author: Gareth Westworth

Gareth joined Scott & Wilkinson after leaving school in 1990, having attended Skerton High School before joining the sixth form at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. As a manager, Gareth is responsible for a varied portfolio of clients and is...

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