Tax deadline only weeks away

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As the 31 January filing deadline is just weeks away, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is calling on anyone who hasn’t sent in their 2011-12 tax return to do it now – and find “inner peace”.

HMRC found that people often felt a real sense of relief, or peace of mind, once they sent in their return – like a weight being lifted from their shoulders.

A new ad campaign encourages people who still haven’t sent their return to “do it today, pay what you owe and take a load off your mind”.

Any outstanding 2011-12 returns must be sent online to HMRC by 31 January 2013. If you send your return after this date 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.