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Accountants for contractors can help take the heat out of tax returns

Accountants for contractors can help take the heat out of tax returns

Freelancers should take note that HMRC is stressing the importance of filing online tax returns by the deadline date of the 31st January. Failure to comply with this will result in a penalty of £100.

The Revenue has advised people who are struggling to sort out their affairs to seek the advice of a specialist contractor accountant, tax adviser or contact the department for assistance.

All outstanding tax returns for the 2009 – 10 financial year must be filed by midnight on the 31st of January, a Revenue spokesman explained. People who have not used online filing before are also reminded that they need to leave plenty of time to complete the registration process.

Once you register online you receive a User ID and an Activation Code will be sent by mail within 7 working days. It will therefore be necessary to register no later than the 21st of January to make sure the Activation Code is received on time.

Leonie Kerswill, a tax partner at PwC, said that people tend to push their tax return down the priority list during the festive season but after over spending at Christmas it would be unwise to incur the £100 late-filing fine. She also reminded taxpayers that they need to pay the tax due on January 31st as well as filing the form.

Meanwhile, the PCG is organising a tax planning event in Manchester on February 2nd. The event will take place at the Mint Hotel and will deal with the importance of tax returns and record keeping as well as the changing IR35 landscape.

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