There's no Ducking it - Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline

25 January 2019

Could you be fined?

The Self Assessment Tax Return deadline is approaching. Failure to file your return on time puts you at risk of a fine.

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The deadline is midnight on 31 January 2019

The deadline for the 12 million people in the UK who are self employed, or have more than one source of income comes around fast every January. Every year, almost a million people in the UK miss the deadline to complete and file their self assessment tax return.

Missing the deadline - midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019 - pretty much guarantees an automatic fine of £100, and yet HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned that a week before the 2018 deadline, three million people in the UK had still not completed their tax return.

The deadline applies for online self assessment returns (paper returns must be filed by 31 October of the relevant financial year), and is for all tax owed from the financial year April 2017 to April 2018. If you received a notice to make an online tax return from HMRC after October 31, 2017, your deadline is three months from the date of its issue.

How to avoid a fine

Filing your tax return late, or failing to pay the tax you owe on time can lead to fines, penalty fees and interest charges. If you provide HMRC with a "reasonable excuse" for missing the deadline, you may not have to pay the penalty.

Registration online

You can file your Self Assessment online, but you will need to register first. If you didn't send an online return last year, you'll need to allow extra time (up to 20 working days) to register. The way you register is different, depending on whether you are self-employed or a sole trader, not self-employed or registering a partner or partnership.

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