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Self-assessment deadline is 31 January 2013

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is warning anyone who submits an online self-assessment tax return to make sure it is completed and returned to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) by the end of January or face a £100 fine whether you owe tax or not. 

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, ACCA's head of taxation, said: 'There is no escaping the fact that if you do miss the deadline HMRC will fine you. At a time when money is tight for the majority of people, the last thing you need is to pay for something that could be easily avoided.

'HMRC will take seriously any errors in your returns, so I would urge anyone to make sure they seek the help of a professionally qualified accountant. HMRC will apply a £100 fine if you are just a day late in submitting your return, this applies whether you owe tax or not.'

For more information on self-assessment tax returns visit the HMRC website, which can be accessed via the 'Related Links' section, left of this article.