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HMRC issue urgent warning on next week's Self Assessment tax deadline – take action now

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HMRC recently awarded Self Assessment tax payers more time to pay their tax bills or set up payment plans as coronavirus continued to impact the economy. So long as affected workers took action, they would not face a five percent late payment penalty charge so long as arrangements were in place by midnight April 1.

Given this is just over a week away, HMRC have today urged and reminded people to take action if they haven’t already done so.

HMRC advised those who have yet to settle their liabilities for the 2019 to 2020 financial year can pay their tax bill or set up a monthly payment plan online at GOV.UK.

These bills can be paid online, via a bank or by post.

Additionally, should a person set up a time to pay arrangement, it will allow taxpayers to spread the cost of their Self Assessment tax bill into monthly instalments until January 2022.

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HMRC concluded by warning customers to be aware of copycat HMRC websites and phishing scams.

It explained: “Taxpayers should search ‘self assessment’ on GOV.UK to get the correct link for their Self Assessment tax return online securely and free of charge.

“They also need to be alert if someone calls, emails or texts claiming to be from HMRC, saying that they can claim financial help, are due a tax refund or owe tax, It might be a scam.”

In early 2021, a number of scams were circulated, purporting to be from the Revenue, and telling Britons they were entitled to tax rebates.

One said scam email read: “Due to ongoing coronavirus guidance and support for businesses, we’ve determined you are eligible to receive a tax refund credit of £5429.11.

“Please submit the tax refund request and have your tax refund sent to your bank account in due time.

“Sign in to HMRC online services reference below to have your tax refund credit to your bank account.”

These emails appeared to come from “HMRC Online Services”, which was in fact a fake department created to “spoof” an official looking email address.

In light of these problems, Karl Khan, the interim Director General for Customer Services at HMRC, commented on the dangerous realities facing workers.

He detailed: “We know that criminals take advantage of the Self Assessment deadline to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details and even paying bogus ‘tax due’.

“If someone calls, emails or texts claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or asking for money, it might be a scam.

“Please take a moment to think before parting with any private information or money.”

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