HMRC urges action ahead of Self Assessment deadline 

HMRC urges action ahead of Self Assessment deadline 

With only one week to go until the 31 January Self Assessment deadline, the 3.8 million people yet to file their tax return are being urged by the HMRC to act now or risk facing a £100 penalty. 

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) says it is expecting more than 12.1 million tax returns to be filed for the 2022 to 2023 tax year along with any payment that is owed. To date more than 8.3 million online returns have already been received. 

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “If you are a Self Assessment taxpayer, now is the time to take action and get your return done. People can familiarise themselves with the process by checking out HMRC’s online resources on GOV.UK. 

“Once a tax return is submitted, it’s easy to find out what’s owed and to pay online or using the HMRC app. Just search ‘pay my Self Assessment’ on GOV.UK to find out more.” 

For anyone unable to pay in full, HMRC wants to help find an affordable way to pay the tax they owe. They may be able to set up a Time to Pay arrangement and can find out how to do this online, without speaking to HMRC, if they owe less than £30,000. 

HMRC says that it is quick and easy to pay Self Assessment tax bills online or using the HMRC app. A full list of payment options can be found on GOV.UK. 

It is important to let HMRC know of any changes to personal details or circumstances, such as a new address or name, or if you have stopped being self-employed or your business has closed. 

Anyone who thinks they no longer need to complete a Self Assessment tax return for the 2022 to 2023 tax year, should tell HMRC– so that they can issue a withdrawal notice – before the deadline on 31 January 2024 to avoid any penalties. HMRC has produced two videos explaining how to go online and stop Self Assessment for those who are self-employed and those who are not self-employed. 

HMRC says that customers need to be aware of the risk of falling victim to scams and should never share their HMRC login details with anyone, including a tax agent, if they have one. HMRC scams advice is available on GOV.UK. 

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