Happy New Year to all who read our Blog. January is a quiet time for many businesses, but not for us. The deadline for filing Self-Assessment Tax Returns for the year ended 5 April 2015 is 31st January 2016, so if you haven’t sent your records in to your accountant you need to act fast!
Returns that are filed late attract an automatic £100 late filing penalty and this increases if the Return is more than 3 months late. Any tax due is also due by 31 January 2016.
It’s likely that you’ll have to fill in a tax return if you are in the following categories. If in doubt, talk to us!
- You’re self employed
- Have rental income
- You’re a company director
- A high earner
- Have multiple sources of income.
Some people chose to file their own Returns but you need to be confident to do so. Many clients that we take on who have been filing their own Returns realise that they have been missing out on tax relief as they were not aware they could claim.
If you are not able to pay your tax bill by the due date of 31 January 2016 the worst thing to do is to ignore it. In our experience it is much better to contact H M Revenue & Customs and agree a payment plan rather than ignoring them and waiting for the debt collection letters to arrive.
We are happy to accept new customers and if you haven’t yet got things in order please contact me. We can help and will do our best to get your affairs up to date and filed on time.
Once this deadline has passed it is time to think about planning for the next year. The timing of any capital purchases can be planned to maximise the tax efficiency and if your profits have gone up, we can draft the tax early so you can start putting away the tax money. Likewise if your profits have fallen there may well be scope to reduce your payments on account.
In summary, our message is do not delay!