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Tax returns 2013: key dates

The What Investment Guide to Personal Tax reminds taxpayers of the key dates for filing tax returns this year.

For your 2012–13 tax return, there are two key dates. Which one is important for you depends on how you file your return:

  • 31 October 2013. This is the date by which you must send in a paper tax return. The Revenue will work out your tax bill for you. If you file a paper return after this date, you normally incur an automatic fine.
  • 31 January 2014. This is the final deadline for the return and there is an automatic fine if you miss it. To take advantage of this later date, you must file your tax return online and the software will automatically calculate your tax bill.

If you receive the short tax return, you can either file it in paper form by 31 October 2013 or use online filing based on the full return.

If the amount of tax you owe for 2012–13 is less than £2,000, you can agree to have it collected through PAYE during the course of 2014–15, provided you file a paper return by 31 October 2013 or an online return by 31 December 2013.

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