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Filing your tax return on paper? 31 October 2022 submission deadline

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Filing your tax return on paper? 31 October 2022 submission deadline

Given the many deadlines within the HMRC Self Assessment regime, it can be difficult to remember what you need to do and when!

If you’re filing your Self Assessment tax return on paper for the tax year ended 5 April 2022, the deadline for doing so is 31 October 2022; therefore swift action is essential to make sure this is received by HMRC on or before this date.

What happens if I miss the submission deadline?

HMRC must receive your Self Assessment return before the deadline. Failure to do so could result in a fine.

If your tax return is sent to HMRC late, you will likely receive a £100 automatic penalty, which could increase depending on how long HMRC have to wait for your return to arrive. 

However, if you have a reasonable excuse for your tax return being late, such as illness, bereavement etc., you could appeal against the penalty (but this is at HMRC’s discretion). The HMRC website also offers examples of reasonable excuses.

Although the submission deadline for paper returns is 31 October 2022, the payment deadline remains as 31 January 2023.

Excluded cases

Where your tax return cannot be filed online under one or more of the specific excluded cases set out by HMRC, and you are required to submit your return on paper, the deadline for doing so remains as 31 January 2023.

Penalties should not be issued for excluded tax returns submitted post 31 October 2022 to 31 January 2023. A list of the excluded cases for 2021/22 can be found here.

Need help?

If you’re struggling to meet the deadline and complete the paper tax returns yourself, we are able to prepare the forms for you online. This effectively extends your Self Assessment filing deadline to 31 January 2023, alleviates the stress, and reduces the risk of late filing penalties.

Do get in touch with your Larking Gowen advisor as soon as possible, who would be happy to assist.

You can find contact details on the Our People section of the Larking Gowen website. Alternatively, call 0330 024 0888 or email


Bridie Iachetta


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