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UK Dispatches Reminders To Self Assessment Taxpayers

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

16 January 2015


The UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has begun emailing reminders to taxpayers to complete this year's Self Assessment tax return or pay tax dues before the January 31, 2015, deadline.

HMRC said it is targeting the emails at individual customers who do not use a tax agent to complete their returns. The decision to send emails is said to follow the recent launch of HMRC's digital Self Assessment service, which replaces paper notices and letters for those who opt into the service, with real-time digital alerts linking directly to online tax returns, guides, and tools. HMRC said more than 670,000 people have already opted to go paperless next year.

HMRC's Director General of Personal Tax, Ruth Owen, said: "We are transforming how we serve customers, and increasingly adopting the types of digital facilities that most financial organizations already offer. Sending emails to nudge people into action was the sensible next step for customers who already file online and have given us their email addresses."

New guidance has also been released for Self Assessment taxpayers on spotting illegitimate emails that purport to be from HMRC. Jonathan Lloyd White, HMRC's Director of Security and Information, said: "While we want customers to transact with us online, we also want to keep their confidential information safe and secure."

TAGS: individuals | tax | Personal Tax | law | United Kingdom | tax authority | HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) | HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) | individual income tax | Tax

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