HMRC extends its tax deadline

TAXPAYERS will have an additional two days to fill in their self-assessment forms after workers at HM Revenue & Customs announced plans to strike on 31 January, the official deadline for submissions.

As a result the taxman has announced that no fines will be given to those who submit their return online by 2 February, effectively extending the deadline.

Several hundred thousand people had been expected to fill in their form on deadline day with up to 90,000 likely to need help from striking call centre staff.