HMRC issues 2019/20 tax returns reminder

HMRC is reminding self-assessment taxpayers to submit their tax returns ahead of the midnight deadline on 31 January 2021.

According to HMRC, around 5.4 million self-assessment customers have just under a month to file their tax return.

Some 12.1 million self-assessment tax returns are expected to be filed this year, with 55% of people having already filed as of 5 January 2021.

Of those, 6.2 million people submitted their returns online.

HMRC also reported that around 18,000 self-assessment customers had filed their tax returns on New Year's Day.

Those who have not filed their returns yet are being urged to “act now”, as “it may be a more time-consuming process than anticipated”, according to HMRC.

Karl Khan, interim director-general for customer services at HMRC, said:

“In what was a very difficult year for many, we are grateful to the 55% of our customers who have already submitted their returns.

“HMRC is ready to offer support to those who are yet to file their returns or are worried about paying their tax bill, but they must act now so we can help before the deadline.”

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