New year tax resolution

Ruth Owen
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The deadline for 2014-15 Self Assessment filing is fast approaching and HM Revenue and Customs is urging all 958,000 people in the North West of England to find their inner peace by returning theirs before January 31.

It said more than 85 per cent of customers chose to submit their return online last year, the service is quick, easy and has a wide range of support resources available, such as web chat.

If filing online for the first time, taxpayers will need to register for an activation code, which will be posted to them. HMRC said this could take a few days, so taxpayers will need to allow time for this and must file and pay any tax owed by the January 31 to avoid paying a penalty or interest on any tax paid late.

Ruth Owen, Director General, Personal Tax, HMRC, said:“The January 31 deadline will soon be here. And while it’s tempting to put completion of your tax return to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list at this time of year, it’s not something I would recommend, if you want to avoid a last minute rush in January.

“We have improved our online services again this year to help our customers get their tax right quickly, simply and securely.”

She said this year they were giving more than one million Self Assessment customers access to their own Digital Tax Account for the first time. This is an online service personal to each individual customer, allowing them see how their tax is calculated, update personal details and access all their tax information in one space, just like online banking.

The 958,000 people in the North West includes: 133,000 in Cheshire; 92,000 in Cumbria, 330,000 in Greater Manchester, 179,000 in Lancashire, and 149,000 in Merseyside.