Tax reminder for all

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is issuing a New Year reminder to anyone who has not yet sent in their 2010/11 Self Assessment tax return.

Every year, around 629,000 people file a Self Assessment return in Scotland.

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 January 31 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.

For help and advice on completing a return, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.