Sunday 31 January is the deadline for filing your online self-assessment and paying any tax that is due. To file your tax return you will need a Unique Taxpayer Reference (or UTR).
You will get your UTR when you register for the self-assessment service – but be aware that they can take up to 20 days to come through.
Click here to register for the self-assessment service and choose the form that fits your circumstances (employee, sole trader, partner, etc). You’ll also need to have your national insurance number handy.
UTRs can take a while to come through – especially at busy times – so if you don’t have one and need to file your tax return, make sure you register as soon as possible. Without your UTR, you can’t file your tax return and this means you won’t be able to pay on time the tax that is due.
If you’ve previously used the self-assessment service but now can’t remember your user ID and password, you can request a replacement here.
This can take up to seven days and will come in the post.
In 2015, over 8.7 million tax returns were filed online – and 980,000 of these were submitted on the 30 and 31 January – at one point at the rate of 830 tax returns per minute!
If, like most people, you’d rather be doing more fun things at the weekend than crunching the numbers and filing your tax return, why not get Clayton & Brewill to take care of it for you?
As well as saving you time and sparing you the self-assessment headache, we may also be able to reduce your tax bill, as can often pick up things you have missed.