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Paper Tax Returns: Deadline Approaching Fast

October 2015

The deadline for taxpayers who submit paper self-assessment returns is fast approaching – paper tax returns need to reach HMRC by midnight on 31st October 2015.


Any paper returns received after this date, but before 31st January 2016, will incur a £100 late filing penalty.

Taxpayers who received a letter informing them that they have to submit a paper return after 30th July 2015 have an extended deadline which runs for three months from that date they received the letter.

After this time, penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900, will also be applied if the tax return is still outstanding. These charges will increase again if the return is still not submitted after it is six, and then twelve months overdue.

Extra penalties may be incurred if there are errors in the submission, or if the tax bill itself is paid late. Therefore, it is important to ensure you are organised and have all the correct information ready to submit before 31st October 2015 to avoid any financial penalties. Aston Shaw qualified Tax Advisors can ensure that your return is submitted correctly first time.

Submitting Online

Aston Shaw actively encourage taxpayers to consider submitting their tax returns online where possible, as not only does this allow an extra three months to gather and check all the relevant information, but is also quick, convenient and often returns have a significantly faster processing time than their paper counterparts. Once a tax return is submitted online, HMRC send out immediate email confirmation of the arrival of the return, thus saving any worries about important information getting lost in the post. The deadline for online submissions is 31st January 2016.

How We Can Help

Whether you are filing a paper or online tax return, Aston Shaw’s experienced Tax Department are available to advise and assist, ensuring you are able to submit your return with confidence.

For more information about our Self Assessment Tax Return Department, please contact us.

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