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THERE’S still time to complete your self-assessment tax return – and avoid the £100 fine for missing the deadline.

HM Revenue and Customs is urging anyone who has not already filed their return for the 2010/11 period to do so online as soon as possible, as the deadline of January 31 is approaching.

Registration is needed before application can take place, and those submitting returns need to wait for an activation code to be sent to them through the post, which can take up to 10 days to arrive.

Around 1,500,000 people file a self-assessment return in the south-east each year, including around 133,000 in the Portsmouth area.

HMRC’s Stephen Banyard said: ‘Missing the January 31 deadline will mean that self- assessment taxpayers will face penalties, and we don’t want them to. We want the tax returns, not the penalties.’

For more see hmrc.gov.uk/sa or call the helpline on 0845 9000 444.

New Year Tax Return Reminder for South East

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is issuing a New Year reminder to anyone in the South East who hasn’t yet sent in their 2010/11 Self Assessment tax return.

Every year around 1,500,000 people file a Self Assessment return in the South East, including around:

Brighton postcode 152,000

Canterbury postcode 75,000

Dartford postcode 61,000

Guildford postcode 160,000

Kingston upon Thames postcode 123,000

Medway postcode 90,000

Milton Keynes postcode 81,000

Oxford postcode 114,000

Portsmouth postcode 133,000

Reading postcode 148,000

Redhill postcode 110,000

Slough postcode 74,000

Southampton postcode 116,000

Tunbridge Wells postcode 150,000

There are two important things to remember if you still haven’t submitted your 2010/11 return – firstly, you must send it online and, secondly, you need to do so by the 31 January deadline. If you send HMRC an online return after this date, or you file a paper return, you will receive a £100 penalty – even if you have no tax to pay or you pay your tax on time.

If you’re completing an online return for the first time, you’ll first need to register for online filing at www.hmrc.gov.uk/online. You’ll immediately get a User ID, and an Activation Code will be posted to you. Once you’ve activated your account, you can complete your tax return online.

It’s important that you register now if you need to, because it can take up to 10 days to receive your Activation Code, and time is running out. Those who have filed online before should check that they still have their User ID and password – it can also take up to 10 days to get a replacement, so don’t leave it to the last minute if you need one.

HMRC’s Stephen Banyard said:

“Missing the 31 January deadline will mean that Self Assessment taxpayers will face penalties. And we don’t want them to – we want the tax returns, not the penalties. We want people in the South East to file online and on-time, and avoid facing a completely avoidable penalty.”

For help and advice on completing a return, visit www.or call the Self Assessment helpline on

And don’t forget, 31 January 2011 is also the deadline for paying any tax you owe for the 2010/11 tax year.

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

Press enquiries only please contact:

Bob Gaiger

Tel: 01404 811532 or 07802 634144

Email: bob.gaiger@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Or

Lisa Billard

Press Officer for South and South West England

Tel: 023 8079 7587 or 07808 571819

E-mail: lisa.billard@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Out of hours

Tel: 07860 359544

Website www.hmrc.gov.uk