Changes to late filing penalty for 2019-20 Self Assessment returns

Dear @PAYadvice,

Today HMRC has announced that Self Assessment customers will not receive a penalty for filing their 2019-20 tax return late, as long as they file online by 28‌‌th February. We are still encouraging customers who have not yet filed to do so by 31‌‌st January, if possible.

Customers still need to pay their Self Assessment tax bill by 31‌‌st January. Interest will be charged from 1‌‌st February on any outstanding liabilities. Customers can pay online, or through their bank, or by post before they file.

If any customer cannot afford to pay by 31‌‌st January, they may be able to set up an affordable plan and pay in monthly instalments. But they will need to file their 2019-20 tax return before setting up a time to pay arrangement.

Yours sincerely

alison walsh signature

Alison Walsh

Head of Digital Communication Services

PAYadvice.UK 25/1/2021

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