There are now less than 3-months to file your 2021-22 Self-Assessment tax return electronically. Last year over 12.5 million taxpayers were required to complete a Self-Assessment tax return but over 2.3 million taxpayers missed the 31 January filing deadline.
The deadline for submitting your 2021-22 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2023. The deadline for paper returns ended on 31 October 2022. You should also be aware that payment of any tax due should also be made by the 31 January date. This includes the payment of any balance of Self-Assessment liability for the 2021-22 plus the first payment on account due for the current 2022-23 tax year.
If you miss the filing deadline then you will usually be charged a £100 fixed penalty if your return is up to 3 months late, regardless of whether you owed tax or not. If you do not file and pay before 1 May 2023 then you will face further penalties unless you have made an arrangement to pay with HMRC.
HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to complete their tax return as early as possible to avoid getting more stressed as the filing date looms. Those who submit their returns early still have until 31 January 2023 to pay any tax due.
If you are filing online for the first time you should ensure you register to use HMRC’s Self-Assessment online service as soon as possible. Once registered an activation code will be sent by mail. This process can take up to 10 working days.