We like lists and we know you do too. So here is a short list about a few things to bear in mind when tax deadlines are looming:
1) Keep all necessary paperwork organised and make sure to keep all paperwork even after the tax years passed a minimum of 5 years as HMRC can put you under a tax investigation at any point reaching as far back as 10 years.
2) Make sure to plan ahead with your finances so you don’t fall short when deadlines arrive. Save and put money aside for the tax due. HMRC gives you approx 9 months from your year end to budget for this and will not normally extend the deadline without penalising you with extra charges and fees,
3) Be conscious of when the deadlines are arriving and what state your finances are in. Don't forget when its due and keep a reminder on your calendar for it.
It’s important that you know how much tax you’re due to pay as this helps you to plan your finances around how much is due. So the earlier you get your paperwork together the earlier an accountant can put it together and let you know. Leave it to the last minute and you may be left short of both information and time.
HMRC offer a ‘Budget payment plan’ if you are struggling to pay the tax - which allows you to pay over a number of months as determined by HMRC (not you). You may also be permitted to stop payments for up to 6 months, this option needs to be set up with HMRC for payments through direct debit and when payments are made they need to be regular.
If you would rather not use the HMRC’s budget payment plan then you can design your own budget plan which could allow you to put money aside for your tax payments eg borrow money from elsewhere, the pro’s for this is that you don’t get charges the fees from HMRC and have the restrictions which HMRC place. The cons are that you need to be self motivated to keep up payment with the your budget plan or lender.
Alternatively if you prefer to pay in one lump sum then it’s even more important that you’re aware of how much tax you’re due to pay, how far away the deadlines are and your financial state.
Overall awareness of the deadlines and you’re own particular financial situation can guide you to making a budgeting plan for tax returns. It’s also worth bearing in mind that just a bit of planning ahead can save you from unnecessary fines and penalties from HMRC.
By Anon at Tax Affinity Accountants
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