Taxpayers in Dumbarton and the Vale are being reminded to complete their self assessment tax returns before the January 31 deadline.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) expects the vast majority of taxpayers to avoid penalties by completing their returns and paying any tax owed by the end of the month.

However, help is available for people fearing they may miss the deadline or who are unsure of what to do.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: “If you are completing self assessment for the first time or are yet to start your 2017/18 tax return, there is a wide range of support and guidance available on GOV.UK to help at every stage of the tax return process.”

There are films and webinars which show each stage of the process, with bespoke guidance for individuals’ varying circumstances, including a video specifically aimed at customers completing a tax return for the first time.

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Help is also available on GOV.UK or from the self assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 and on social media.