Don’t miss the Self Assessment deadline

Date published: 05 January 2021

Rochdale’s 25,400 Self Assessment customers are urged not to miss the 31 January 2021 deadline to submit their 2019-20 tax return.

The return for the year ending 5 April 2020 can be finalised at any time up to the deadline but HMRC is encouraging customers to complete it early to allow for more time to pay their tax bill or set up a payment plan.

Customers must complete a Self Assessment return if:

  • they’ve earned more than £2,500 from renting out property
  • they’ve received, or their partner has received, Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than £50,000
  • they’ve received more than £2,500 in other untaxed income, for example from tips or commission
  • they are a self-employed sole trader whose annual turnover is over £1,000
  • they are an employee claiming expenses in excess of £2,500
  • they have an annual income of over £100,000
  • they have earned income from abroad that they need to pay tax on.

HMRC’s Interim Director General of Customer Services, Karl Khan, said: “The 31 January deadline for tax returns is still a few weeks away, but customers don’t have to wait until then.

“We know that many people are affected by the coronavirus pandemic this year and we’re here to help if they need to spread the cost of their tax bill. It’s quick and easy to set up a payment plan online and there’s no need to call us to set it up.”

Once Self Assessment customers have completed their 2019-20 tax return, and know how much tax is owed, they can set up their own payment plan to help spread the cost of their tax liabilities, up to the value of £30,000.

They can use the self-serve Time to Pay facility to set up monthly direct debits and this can all be done online. Interest will be applied to any outstanding balance from 1 February 2021. To find out if they’re eligible, customers can visit GOV.UK to learn more about the service.

Customers can also now check on GOV.UK whether they need to declare, or possibly pay tax, on any ‘casual’ income they receive. The new interactive guidance is quick and easy to use and explains what individuals need to do if they receive non-PAYE income from:

  • selling things, for example at car boot sales or auctions, or online
  • doing casual jobs such as gardening, food delivery or babysitting
  • charging other people for using your equipment or tools
  • renting out property or part of their home, including for holidays (for example, through an agency or online).

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