How can I speed up my Self-Assessment Tax Return submission? Time to get ready!

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Author: Johan Da Silva

Tags: Self-Assessment Tax Return

So, now you know you need to do a Self-Assessment Tax Return, so how can you do the preparation faster and more efficiently?  

If you are submitting your tax return yourself, or preparing paperwork to send to your accountants, the below ideas might help speed up the process. 

  • Give it priority and make a plan to have it done, we recommend doing it all in one attempt as it won’t take too long. 
  • Find and collect all relevant paperwork and information (if applicable) such as your business expenses, P60, P11D, P45, annual pension statements, interest earned on savings and accounts, gift aid payments, rental income from tenants and possible earned dividends. 
  • Gather your records from: National Insurance, Income Tax from Employments, Dividends Earnings, and Capital Gains Tax. 
  • Gift Aid – have you made any charitable contributions? Can these be included? You would get tax relief on them. 

The next self-assessment tax return is for dates between 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021, and tax must be paid before 31 January 2022. Last year, there were 700,000 taxpayers racing to hit the deadline because they left it to the last day and 26,500 people submitting in it in the last hour of the last day. Although many people leave it to the last minute, there is a growing trend of filing early. The number of customers filing on the first day of the new tax year almost tripled from almost 30,000 in 2017 to almost 64,000 in 2021. There are fines for submitting late, even by a day, or by submitting incorrect information. 

Remember – Submitting your tax return late will mean you get fined, even a day late means a penalty of £100. If you are late by up to three months means £10 extra for each day late and capped in 90 days, late by up to six months means an extra £300 or 5% of the total tax due (whichever is the highest) or late by up to twelve months meaning an extra £300 of 5% of the total tax due (whichever is the highest). 

Don’t be one of the “I had a curse put on me” or “I couldn’t type, because my boiler broke, and it was too cold” people! 

Our advice is always to get organised and submit as early as you can. We are happy to help you with that if you need it, but either way, just don’t leave it to the last minute. Contact your local AIMS Accountant for more details.