Advice on self-assessments

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IF you have not yet sent your 2013/14 tax return to HM Revenue and Customs, remember not to do it on paper – or you’ll end up with a £100 late-filing penalty.

The October 31 paper-filing deadline for 2013/14 tax returns has now passed.

Even if you have no tax to pay, or you eventually pay your tax on time, a late paper return will still land you with the £100 penalty.

Now it is November, the only way to avoid a penalty is by submitting your tax return online by January 31.

Around 1.9m people in the south east have to file a self-assessment return including 144,000 people in Portsmouth postcode areas.

Help and advice on filing your return is available from online at or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310, which is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.