THE countdown has started to the January 31 tax self assessment deadline.
Anyone in Gloucestershire with an outstanding 2011/12 tax return should send it online to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
There is a £100 penalty for late returns – even if there is no tax to pay or it's paid on time.
Those who haven't filed online before need to sign up for HMRC's online service by Monday, January 21. This is because it can take up to seven working days to complete the process, as an activation code has to be posted.
People who've filed online before, but have lost their password or user ID and need a replacement, should also contact HMRC by this date.
Registration is at www.hmrc.gov.uk/signup. Once the activation code has been received in the post, the account can be activated and the tax return completed online.
More information is at www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa or 0845 9000 444.