Belfast Telegraph

Meet tax return deadline... or you'll have to pay £100 fine

By Amanda Poole

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is urging anyone who submits an online self-assessment tax return to make sure they meet the January 31 deadline.

The global body for professional accountants is warning that if tax returns are not with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the end of this month, people will face a £100 fine whether they owe tax or not.

Brian McGuire, from the ACCA Ulster Network, said: "There is no escaping the fact that if you do miss the deadline HMRC will fine you. At a time when money is tight for the majority of people, the last thing you need is to pay for something that could be so easily avoided."

Mr McGuire said to ensure there are no mistakes in your tax returns, accessing the services of a professional accountant will help. "HMRC will take seriously any errors in your returns, so I would urge anyone to make sure they seek the help of a professionally qualified accountant," he said.

"HMRC will apply a £100 fine if you are just a day late in submitting your return, this applies whether you owe tax or not."

For information on self-assessment tax returns call 0845 900 0444 or visit