Survey shows that tax deadlines are approaching, and nearly half of respondents panicked at the last moment.

  • A mere week away from the deadline, almost one-fifth of Britons has yet to file tax returns
  • Which is the Consumer Group? The consumer group Which? found that 19 percent of those surveyed hadn’t thought about it. 
  • Britons will spend 25 million hours this year filing tax returns

According to Which, almost a fifth (55%) of Britons are still not thinking about filing their tax returns by the due date. 

According to the consumer champion, it is important not to file a return before January 31, which can lead you to lose your rights. A survey found that 19% of those surveyed had never considered taking action. 

Which? also found Britons will rack up 25million hours filing their returns this year and 22 per cent will have to use their savings to pay. 

Anyone who cannot file their return by January 31 will not receive a late filing penalty, provided they file online by February 28. Self-assessment taxpayers also have the option to set up a time to pay arrangement - a service which allows people or businesses to spread their tax payments (stock pic)

If a taxpayer fails to file their tax return before January 31, they will not be subject to a late filing penalty if the online returns are filed by February 28. The self-assessment tax payer has the opportunity to establish a time-to-pay arrangement. This allows individuals or businesses to spread out their tax payments. Stock pic

HMRC announced this year that self-assessment taxpayers will have to file their tax returns by February 28, in order to avoid a late payment penalty. Interest on any overdue payments begins accruing from February 1, but they must do so before February 28. 

Which? recommends ‘the sooner you can get started, the better’. 

Its money editor, Jenny Ross, said: ‘You’ll still be charged interest if you don’t pay your bill by January 31.’

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8 percent of the respondents claimed that they labored on the job for longer than 5 hours.

However, smart 38 percent are ready and have already planned for this expense.

To avoid getting an immediate £100 fine and other repercussions costing thousands, Which? says ‘the sooner you can get started, the better’.