Flood victims unable to complete their self assessment tax returns by January 31 should contact HMRC immediately.
Those who need to complete a return have to do it online by January 31, or they face an automatic £100 penalty, but calling HMRC’s helpline now will mean that if flood victims miss the deadline with good reason, they will not have to pay it.
Ruth Owen, director general for Personal Tax at HMRC, said: “We know that people who have had their homes and businesses flooded have bigger things on their mind than sending their tax returns to us. So a quick call to our helpline before the deadline will mean they have one less thing to worry about and we will do all we can to support them.”
As well as being the deadline for sending back Self Assessment returns, January 31 is the final date for paying outstanding tax for the 2014/ 15 tax year and first instalments for 2015/ 16.
Anyone having difficulty making these payments should speak to the helpline for advice as soon as possible.
The helpline is 0800 904 7900. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm.