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More than three million people have only five days to complete 2018/19 tax returns

Jan 27, 2020 | Local News

More than three million customers are yet to send in their 2018/19 tax returns and have just five days left to the deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned.

The deadline for completing tax returns online is 11.59pm on Friday 31 January.  8.5 million customers have avoided the niggle and already filed their Self Assessment, and HMRC is urging those who haven’t to do so as soon as possible to avoid any last minute problems.

Anyone worried that they will not be able to complete their tax return by the deadline should contact HMRC as soon as possible.

This week, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury visited HMRC’s Cardiff office to see the Self Assessment operation in action. During the trip, he also met with apprentices and other colleagues working in customer services.

Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “The deadline is fast approaching for more than three million taxpayers who have not yet managed to file their tax returns. With only one week until 31 January, HMRC strongly encourages people to file their Self Assessment.

“Anyone who believes they might not be able to file on time should make sure to call or email HMRC.”

Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: “We’re here to help customers get their tax right, and have put in place a range of help from online services, webinars and videos, to customer service helplines, webchats and social media channels. We know completing a tax return can be confusing at times, so please do get in touch if you’re still concerned about how to file, or about paying what you owe. HMRC colleagues are standing by to provide support and advice ahead of the deadline.”