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With Self Assessment Deadline Just Over 2 Weeks Away, Have You Submitted Yours Yet?

By PaperRocket Accounting, Jan 15 2020 12:41PM

As we rapidly head towards the end of the first month of this new decade, it would be fair to say that 2019 is becoming a distant memory. However, with the deadline looming for submission of the 2018/19 self assessment returns, if you haven’t submitted yours yet, you can’t afford to leave it any longer.

Who needs to complete self assessment returns?

The easiest way to check if you will need to complete a return is to use the tool on the HMRC website. To summarise, you will need to complete a self assessment return for the tax year if, during that year, you:

• Were self employed.

• Were a company director.

• Received more than £2500 in untaxed income (e.g. property rental). If less than £2,500, you should contact HMRC directly to discuss, or made any profit from selling shares, a second home/other assets and need to pay Capital Gains Tax.

• Had income from savings/investments/dividends was £10,000 or more (before tax).

• Had income (or your partner’s) was over £50,000 and one of you claimed Child Benefit.

• Had foreign income, or lived abroad but received UK income.

• Had taxable income over £100k.

• You have received correspondence from HMRC saying you owe tax from a previous tax year (that has not been paid via tax code or specific payment) or stating that you need to complete a return.

Usually, you won’t need to complete a return if your own income is from wages/pension. If any of the above applies to you though, you will need to complete and submit a return for that tax year.

When does it need to be completed by?

If you are completing your return on paper, it needs to be received by HMRC by 31st October of the year in which the tax year in question ends. If you are completing your return online, it needs to be filed by 31st January of the year after the end of the tax year in question.

So, for example, for the 18/19 tax year, a paper return needs to be filed by 31st October 2019, and an online return by 31st January 2020.

The 31st January is also the date that any tax owed for the year is due. You may also be required to make a first payment on account in respect of the next tax year (see our previous blog for more details on payments on account).

What if I am late submitting my return?

If you are anything up to 3 months late submitting your return, you will receive a £100 penalty. This increases the more overdue the return becomes, and will also increase if tax was owed and not paid on time. You will also have to pay interest if you are late paying any tax due, so don’t put it off any longer, get that return filed asap!

PaperRocket Accounting provide accounting and tax services to professional contractors and freelancers working in the UK.

We offer our clients a flexible choice of fixed fee monthly packages which cover all of their accounting and tax needs (so no hidden costs or surprise bills!). All of our accounting packages include a monthly subscription for a cloud accounting software subscription provided by the awarding winning FreeAgent.

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