1 in 3 tax returns still outstanding

A third of online tax returns are still outstanding, with less than a week to go before the 31 January deadline for online submissions, according to the latest HMRC figures.

HMRC announced on 24 January 2018 that just over 3 million self-assessment tax returns have yet to be submitted.

Around 8 million people have already filed their return for 2016/17.

Self-assessment customers can submit their returns through their personal tax account.

If you're submitting it online for the first time, you'll need to register for self-assessment online, but keep in mind that it can take a few days for the registration to arrive in the post.

Anyone who hasn't submitted their tax return by the deadline will get a £100 penalty - even if they do not owe any tax.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC director-general of customer services, said:

"The 7-day countdown to 31 January has now begun.

"Put a stop to that niggling feeling and do your self-assessment now.

"Our helpful online services offer support and advice, so you can complete your tax return quicker than you think."

Contact us about any aspect of self-assessment.