People hoping to file their self-assessment tax return for the first time have been warned by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that an automatic £100 penalty will be issued for all online tax returns received after 31st January.
Giving the not so gentle nudge, HMRC said anyone who does not meet the deadline risks not being able to submit their tax return on time.
Tax returns for 2012/13 must be sent online to HMRC by 31 January and remember, you must pay any money you owe on or before 31 January to avoid interest charges.
The longer the delay, the more that has to be paid. If a tax return is three months late, then a penalty has to be paid for each additional day it is late.
If it is six months late, then a further penalty has to be paid, while another final penalty comes into play if it is 12 months late.
It is also worth remembering that any amount remaining unpaid for up to 30 days after the payment deadline will be subject to an automatic late payment penalty of 5%.
All together, the fines could add up to a penalty of £1,600 or even more.
If you don't have your user ID or password for online tax returns it can take up to two weeks to get issued.
In order to register, simply visit HMRC Online and follow the instructions.
And don't forget, 31st January 2013 is also the deadline for paying any tax that is owed for the 2012/13 tax year.
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