Feeds

HMRC lifts fine threat for late tax filers

Taking the 'dead' out of 'deadline'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will not fine anyone who got their tax filed over the weekend - even though they missed the official, extended deadline.

A spokesman for HMRC told the Reg: "Anyone who was unable to file online because of some isolated problems Thursday and Friday will not be fined if they filed over the weekend."

Technical problems brought the HMRC self-assessment website to its knees on Thursday and Friday as the deadline for filing returns loomed. HMRC agreed to extend the deadline from Thursday until midnight on Friday.

But continued problems on Friday meant the Revenue decided to extend the deadline once more. Normally there is a £100 fine for filing your tax return late.

Despite the problems some 204,000 people did manage to get their returns in on Thursday, and 42,696 people filed on Friday.

Saturday saw 5,851 people filing online and another 1,337 got the site to work successfully on Sunday.

Paper tax returns are getting the same generous treatment - if the envelope got to your tax office by this morning (Monday) you should be OK.

There is no comment from HMRC about what caused the crash on Thursday. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.