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Tax deadline reminder

Freelances who send in a paper tax return are reminded that they should send their retrun for tax year April 2008-April 2009 to arrive by 31 October and avoid a £100 penalty for it arriving late.

The backlog from recent postal strikes - and possible forthcoming postal strikes - mean your paper tax return is likely to sit in a sorting office for a week or two in its way to HM Revenue and Customs. For (at least) an extra £2, you can send you tax return Special Delivery, which will circumvent the normal sorting office route. HM Revenue and Customs no longer acknowledge receipt of tax returns, so you might like to consider as a precaution filming yourself putting your returning in its envelope and filming yourself posting it.

If you're going to file your tax return online, you have until 31 January 2010. You need to register before you do this the first time - and allow time for HMRC to send you a User ID in, er, the post.

Last modified: 08 Oct 2009 - © 2009 contributors
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