Here in the UK, you will need to file a Self-Assessment via the SA100 form so that HMRC can assess how much income tax and national insurance you need to pay. (Unless you work for an employer who pays your tax at source)
If you don't work for an employer but receive income - you will need to fill out a Self Assessment.
Generally speaking, you will need to complete a Self Assessment if you answer YES to any of the following questions :
For confirmation and peace of mind, you can find out with absolute certainty if you need to file one by answering these HMRC questions.
You need to register by the 5th October after the end of the relevant tax year by phoning the Self Assessment Helpline on 0845 900 0444 or registering online.
If filing online, you need to complete your Self Assessment before the 31st January each year. Tax years run from 6th April to 5th April. You are also required to then pay your tax bill by the 31st of January. So get it done sooner!
If you have paid yourself dividends exceeding £10,000 then yes you will need to file a Self Assessment with HMRC. As a company director, you also need to ensure your company submits a corporate tax return.
Yes. The income you receive from your trade as a sole trader will not have been exposed to National Insurance Contributions or Income Tax. To enable HMRC to know how much NIC and Income Tax you need to pay you will need to complete a Self Assessment form.
Simply put, you will face a fine or penalty from HMRC. Remember the 2021 filing deadline has been extended. Make sure that you have registered with HMRC, you can check this by contacting them with your National Insurance number.
Having registered successfully, if you then fail to submit your tax return in you can incur some fairly significant penalties. HMRC are militant on deadlines and penalties for late returns, so we recommend being overly aware of the importance of filing well within the deadlines.
Don't forget you can pay your tax bill in instalments with HMRC Time To Pay
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Disclaimer: This is simply a guide and should not be treated as tax advice. Contact HMRC directly if you need tax advice.