Reminder for tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is issuing a call to all Self Assessment newcomers preparing to send a tax return online for the first time – make sure you register for HMRC’s online services well in advance, so you have plenty of time to file your return.

The October 31 deadline for paper returns for the 2011-12 tax year has now passed, so any outstanding returns must be sent online by January 31 just a few weeks away.

It’s important to register for HMRC’s online service as early as possible, because it can take up to seven working days to complete the process, as an Activation Code has to be posted to you.

It’s easy to register – just visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/signup and follow the instructions. You’ll immediately get a User ID and, once you’ve received the Activation Code in the post, you can activate your account. You can then complete your tax return online.