The deadline for filing your online Self Assessment tax return for the tax year ending 5 April 2017 is midnight on 31 January 2018. There are other important deadlines throughout the year for self-employed earners too, so we’ve put together a handy guide.
January 2017 deadline for 2015-16 tax returns
If you brought home untaxed income between 6 April 2015 and 5 April 2016 - for example if you were self-employed or earning money from a rental property - the deadline for filing your online tax return for this period was 31 January 2017.
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If you’ve missed this deadline, you’ve probably already received a fine, but the fines keep piling up the longer you delay, so it’s important to file your tax return and pay any tax owed as soon as possible.
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Self-employed income earned between April 2016 and April 2017
If you’re earning untaxed income right now, this will fall into the tax year 2016-17, which ends on 5 April 2017. The online deadline for this Self Assessment tax return is 31 January 2018, so you have several months until you need to file your 2016-17 tax return and pay your tax bill.
Self Assessment deadlines in 2017
Before the next online tax return deadline comes around, there are several other 2017 Self Assessment dates to bear in mind. It’s unlikely that all of them will be relevant to you, but understand which ones apply so that you don’t miss any important deadlines.
- 31 July 2017 is the deadline for making your second ‘payment on account’ instalment to HMRC. This will only apply to you if you were self-employed during the tax year 2015-16 and you owed tax of over £1,000 when you submitted your tax return for this period. Take a look at our payment on account guide if you’re not sure.
- 5 October 2017 is the deadline for telling HMRC that you’re self-employed so that they’re aware you need to complete a tax return next year. If you’re already registered as self-employed, there’s no need to do this again. Check out our guide to registering with HMRC for more information.
- 31 October 2017 is the Self Assessment deadline for the tax year 2016-17 if you want to file a paper return rather than filing online. However, most businesses find it easier to file their tax return online, and under the government’s Making Tax Digital plans, paper tax returns won’t be an option for most businesses from 2018.
- 30 December 2017 is the deadline for filing your online tax return if you want the tax owed to be collected through PAYE via your tax code. This is only an option if you have some income that’s already taxed through PAYE (i.e. you’re employed as well as self-employed), and if your Self Assessment tax bill for 2016-17 is below £3,000. See our article on tax codes for more information.
Self-employed income earned between April 2017 and April 2018
If you continue earning untaxed income after 5 April 2017, this will fall into the tax year 2017-18, which ends on 5 April 2018.
The deadline for filing 2017-18 Self Assessment tax returns will be midnight on 31 January 2019, although keep an eye on Making Tax Digital announcements in case there are any changes.
Although 2019 may sound like a long way off, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your tax return as soon as you start earning the money. For example, consider opening a business bank account to keep business and personal finances separate, keep all your receipts for tax deductible expenses, and use an app or a spreadsheet to keep track of your income. This will make everything much easier when it comes to filing your tax return.
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