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  • John OSullivan

1.5m taxpayers have less than a week to file their returns

The deadline for avoiding a £100 late filing penalty for a 2020/21 self assessment tax return is 28 February 2022. While 10.7m taxpayers have successfully filed their self assessment tax return for 2020/21, a further 1.5m need to file by 28 February 2022 to avoid a £100 late filing penalty. The usual date on which a penalty would have been due, 31 January 2022, was put back by four weeks to allow more time due to the pandemic. Daily penalties of £10 per day will, in most cases, start to accrue from 1 May 2022 for returns that remain unfiled. Time to pay arrangements need to be in place by 1 April 2022 to avoid a 5% late payment penalty. This is also the deadline for setting up a time to pay arrangement online; about 100,000 taxpayers have used this facility. Interest is running now on any unpaid tax. An increased rate of 3% applies from 21 February 2022.

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