HMRC has revealed the most popular questions – and answers.
- Do I need to fill in a tax return?
You’ll need to send a tax return if any of the following apply, in the last tax year:
- you were self-employed – you can deduct allowable expenses
- you got £2,500 or more in untaxed income, for example from tips or renting out a property – contact the helpline if it was less than £2,500
- your income from savings or investments was £10,000 or more before tax
- your income from dividends from shares was £10,000 or more before tax
- you made profits from selling things like shares, a second home or other chargeable assets and need to pay Capital Gains Tax
- you were a company director – unless it was for a non-profit organisation (such as a charity) and you didn’t get any pay or benefits, like a company car
- your income (or your partner’s) was over £50,000 and one of you claimed Child Benefit
- you had income from abroad that you needed to pay tax on
- you lived abroad and had a UK income
- your taxable income was over £100,000
- you were a trustee of a trust or registered pension scheme
- you had a P800 from HMRC saying you didn’t pay enough tax last year – and you didn’t pay what you owe through your tax code or with a voluntary payment
- your State Pension was more than your Personal Allowance and was your only source of income – unless you started getting your pension on or after 6 April 2016.
Certain other people may need to send a return (for example ministers of religion or Lloyd’s underwriters) – you can check whether you need to. You usually won’t need to send a return if your only income is from your wages or pension.
- How do I know how much tax I owe?
When you fill in a tax return online, it automatically works out and displays how much tax and Class 4 National Insurance contributions you owe. It will also allow you to print your calculation.
- How do I register to send my return online?
You can register on GOV.UK. During registration, you’ll be given a User ID and will be asked to choose a password – naturally, you’ll need these when you login again.
We’ll then send you an activation code by text. Once you’ve activated the service, you can fill in your return.
- I’ve lost my User ID and password, what do I do?
It happens to the best of us! If you have problems signing in, there a number of ways to reset and gain access to your tax account. Watch our YouTube tutorial to find out more.
- When does my 2016/17 return need to be completed?
Your online Self Assessment tax return needs to be in by 31 January 2018, otherwise you will receive a £100 fine.
Article from ACCA In Practice