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Self assessment newcomers in Northern Ireland urged to register now for online services

Around 254,000 people in Northern Ireland have to file a self assessment return

By Amanda Ferguson

HM Revenue and Customs is urging first-time self assessment filers who haven’t sent in their returns to register for its online services now.

Around 254,000 people in Northern Ireland have to file a self assessment return.

To register visit the gov.uk website.

Registration can take up to seven working days to complete, as it involves HMRC sending you an activation code in the post.

HMRC says it is therefore important not to leave this to the last minute, to avoid being in a rush to beat the January 31 filing deadline, for tax owed for 2013/14.

Taxpayers who owe less than £3,000, and want HMRC to collect the tax they owe through next year’s tax code, need to submit their online return by midnight on December 30.

The self assessment helpline 0300 200 3310  is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.

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Around 11.2m people are expected to fill out an self assessment return for the 2013/14 tax year (April 6 2013 – April 5 2014).

The penalties for late SA returns are:

- an initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time;

- after three months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900;

- after six months, a further penalty of five per cent of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater; and

- after 12 months, another five per cent or £300 charge, whichever is greater.

There are also additional penalties for paying late of 5% of the tax unpaid at 30 days, six months and 12 months.

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