One week left to file for fewer than 3.4 million Self Assessment customers
With one week to go until the deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging
fewer than 3.4 million customers to get their Self Assessment tax return done.
More than 12 million customers are expected to file a tax return for the 2021 to 2022
tax year and pay any tax owed by 31 January deadline. To date, almost 8.7 million
customers have already filed their tax return.
Last year, more than 10.2 million customers filed their tax returns for the 2020 to
2021 tax year by the deadline on 31 January 2022.
Anyone who is yet to start their Self Assessment, or needs help completing it, can
visit GOV.UK to access a wide range of resources including guidance, webinars and
YouTube videos. Customers are encouraged to check online for help before calling
HMRC during what is the busiest time of the year.
Myrtle Lloyd, Director General for Customer Services, said:
“Time is running out for millions of people who still need to file their Self Assessment
and pay any tax owed. There’s no need for customers to call us, they can save time
and search ‘Self Assessment’ on GOV.UK for a wealth of information and resources
to help them complete their tax return.”
Customers can pay their tax bill in around 60 seconds via the free and secure HMRC
app. The app can also provide useful information for those yet to complete their tax
return including their National Insurance number, Unique Taxpayer Reference and
any PAYE information.
Customers who are unable to pay what they owe in full, may be able to set up a
payment plan, allowing them to spread the cost into manageable monthly
instalments. Self Assessment customers can use self-serve Time to Pay on GOV.UK
have filed their tax return for the 2021 to 2022 tax year
owe less than £30,000
can pay in full within 12 months
For customers who pay their current estimated tax bill via Payment on Account, the
first instalment for the 2022 to 2023 tax year is due on 31 January.
A full range of payment options is listed on GOV.UK.
Anyone who files their tax return or pays any tax owed after 31 January may face a
HMRC will treat those with genuine excuses leniently, as it focuses on those who
persistently fail to complete their tax returns and deliberate tax evaders. The
penalties for late tax returns are:
an initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if
the tax due is paid on time
after 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of
after 6 months, a further penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300, whichever is
after 12 months, another 5% or £300 charge, whichever is greater
There are also additional penalties for paying late of 5% of the tax unpaid at 30 days,
6 months and 12 months.
Customers need to be aware of the risk of falling victim to scams. Check HMRC
scams advice on GOV.UK.