Deadline looming for tax returns
Around 5,542,000 taxpayers have less than a month to complete their Self Assessment tax returns before the January 31 deadline.
In total, more than 11.5 million 2017/18 tax returns are due and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) expects the vast majority of taxpayers to complete their returns and pay any tax owed by the end of the month.
Approximately 52 percent of taxpayers have already filed their returns, as of December 31 2018, and more than five million have completed their returns online (88 percent of the total returns filed).
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “It is encouraging that around 52 percent of taxpayers have already completed their Self Assessment tax returns. With less than one month to go before the deadline, there are still many people that need to act now.
“HMRC is encouraging all Self Assessment filers to complete their returns by 31 January and is offering support every step of the way.”
Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “The Self Assessment deadline on January 31 is fast approaching but there is still time for customers to file their tax returns online and on time to avoid any unnecessary penalties.
“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.”
For any customers who are yet to start their 2017/18 Self Assessment, 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QzNuPkf9Iw.
Help is also available on GOV.UK or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310 and on social media.
People need to complete a tax return if they:
* Earned more than £2,500 from renting out property or their partner received Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than £50,000
* Received more than £2,500 in other untaxed income, for example from tips or commission
* Are self-employed sole traders
* Are limited company directors
* Are shareholders
* Are employees claiming expenses in excess of £2,500
* Have an annual income over £100,000
* Earned income from abroad that they need to pay tax on
If customers completed a Self Assessment tax return last year but didn’t have any tax to pay, they still need to complete a 2017/18 tax return unless HMRC has written to them to say it is not required.