Tax Deadline put back by HMRC strike

As a result of strike action planned by HMRC staff, no fines will be handed out to anyone who submits their self assessment tax returns online in the first two days of February. The official deadline for submitting their self assessment tax returns is scheduled for 31 January, but a planned strike for that day is set to cause disruption unexpected disruptions.

As a result of the planned strike action, HMRC has effectively put back the deadline by two days. Hence, effectively, now the tax deadline is on 02 February 2012. This will be a relief for some of the two million people who are yet to file their tax returns online. The public sector union, the PCS, is planning strikes at call centres and inquiry offices to protest against the appointment of private companies to run call-handling trials in two contact centres.

Fine for non filing of your tax return is tough this time around. The £100 penalty will apply whether or not there is tax owed. However, this will be now im0plemented after the 02 February which is the new tax deadline for this year.


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