TAX officials have issued a reminder to people working in Ashbourne that paper tax returns need to arrive by thursday to avoid a penalty.
Around 120,000 people in Derbyshire have to file a Self Assessment return every year with HM Revenue and Customs, and bosses have warned that paper tax returns received on or after Nobember 1 will result in a £100 penalty – even if there is no tax to pay or the tax due is paid on time.
A spokesman said: “If you’re not able to submit a paper return by the end of the month, you can avoid a late-filing penalty by sending your return online by 31 January.
“As well as having an extra three months to file, if you file online your tax is calculated automatically and your tax return is processed faster, which means any tax refund you’re due is repaid more quickly.
“If you are sending a paper return close to the deadline, HMRC recommends you obtain proof of posting, as this provides evidence of your posting date in the event of any appeal against a late-filing penalty.
To register for the HM Revenue and Customs Online Service visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/online and for help and advice on completing a return, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 Lines are open from 8am until 8pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am until 4pm on Saturday.*