With the last of the public holidays behind us until Christmas and the kids back to school, it’s time to set your mind to filing your tax return.

Change of Circumstances?

Are you newly self-employed, have you been promoted to company director, made a capital disposal, started renting a property or received a pay rise which will impact on your child benefit allowance? Then you will need to register with  HM Revenue & Customs by 5 October after the end of the tax year.

For example, on 3 January 2018 you set up an interior decorating business and have succeeded in building a trade. As this began before 5 April 2018 you will need to register with HMRC by 5 October 2018 so that they can issue a return by 31 October to allow you three months to submit it (31 January 2019).

If you are an existing taxpayer who has received a notification to file, do you prepare this yourself using a paper form provided by HMRC? In that case you need to complete, sign and return this to HMRC by 31 October.

Otherwise if you are amongst the less organised of the tax paying public. Do not fear you are in fact in the majority! A high proportion of tax returns will be filed online with HMRC over the Christmas period and obviously in the run up to the 31 January deadline.

If you wish to file your tax return after 31st October then it needs to be submitted either using HMRC’s online system or third party software. At Lambert Chapman LLP all of our tax returns are filed electronically, as this is a safe and secure way of complying with HMRC requirements.

Please get in touch with our Tax Team if you require any further assistance.

Lucy Orrow Lambert Chapman



Posted by Lucy Orrow



The views expressed in this article are the personal views of the Author and other professionals may express different views. They may not be the views of Lambert Chapman LLP. The material in the article cannot and should not be considered as exhaustive. Professional advice should be sought in connection with any of the issues contained in the article and the implementation of any actions.

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