HM Revenue & Customs has issued a reminder to submit your 2008-09 Self Assessment tax return online by the end of January, or you could risk a penalty.
The 31st October deadline for paper returns has now passed, which means you must file your return online by the 31st January deadline. If you submit a paper return after 31 October, or you file online after 31st January, you could receive a £100 fine.
When filing online, your tax is calculated automatically, you get an online acknowledgement once you've filed, and it's processed faster, so any money you're owed is repaid more quickly.
HM Revenue & Customs spokesperson Sarah Walker said:
"If you haven't yet sent in your 2008-09 tax return, you need to start thinking about it now. And if you haven't filed online before, allow plenty of time to complete the registration process - that way, you'll avoid a last-minute rush at the end of the month."
And don't forget, 31st January 2010 is also the deadline for paying any tax you owe for the 2008/09 tax year.
Help is available on the HM Revenue & Customs.
** Additional Information & Advice **
Additional help with filing your 2008-09 self assessment tax return is available from the HM Revenue & Customs Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
Depending on your circumstances, however, it may be a good idea to speak with a solicitor who specialises in tax law. You can be matched with a solicitor for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.