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Can I have a date?

28 October 2008 / Richard Curtis
Issue: 4182 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , self-assessment , Admin
Emboldened by HMRC's advertising campaign, RICHARD CURTIS asks some questions about tax returns


  • Which return should you use?
  • The deadline date and duplicate returns.
  • Late filing penalties and the enquiry 'window'.
  • Is the self assessment system 'robust'?

You have all I presume now seen HMRC's adverts for the 31 October paper tax return filing deadline.

It's based on the age-old story: boy meets girl boy loses tax return boy gets £100 penalty girl blames boy for not filing online and says 'why didn't you listen to that nice Moira Stewart; you men are always only thinking about one thing and if you hadn't been thinking about whether you could get back home in time after our date to watch that *"%$?! football match you could have got on and done your tax return instead'.

Boy now wonders why he ever followed girl into...

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