Due to a planned strike on 31st January 2012 by the Public and Commercial Services Union, HMRC have confirmed that taxpayers who file self-assessment returns will not be charged a £100 penalty if they miss the January 31 deadline, and will not be have to pay any interest on tax owed until February 2.
Stephen Banyard, Acting Director General for Personal Tax, said that he was not extending the tax deadline, just delaying the issue of penalties. "We've always been very clear that we want the returns – not the penalties," he said. "For that reason, we don't want anyone who can't get through for help and advice on 31 January to be disadvantaged in any way."
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