The following guidelines are reproduced from the government’s website:
You must send a tax return if, in the last tax year (6 April to 5 April), you were:
- self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000
- a partner in a business partnership
You will not usually need to send a return if your only income is from your wages or pension. But you may need to send one if you have any other untaxed income, such as:
- money from renting out a property
- tips and commission
- income from savings, investments and dividends
- foreign income
Other reasons for sending a return
You can choose to fill in a tax return to:
- claim some Income Tax reliefs
- prove you’re self-employed, for example to claim Tax-Free Childcare or Maternity Allowance
- If your income (or your partner’s, if you have one) was over £50,000, you may need to send a return and pay the High Income Child Benefit Charge.
Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, you may have to submit a return if you have made significant capital gains in a tax year.
If you are at all uncertain if you do need to file, please call. There are significant penalties for failing to register and submit a return. The deadline to register for the tax year 2018-19 is imminent, 5 October 2019, and so action should not be delayed.
If your circumstances have only recently changed – during the current 2019-20 tax year – you have more time, but it is worth getting the registration process completed so you can start to plan for any tax payments that may fall due 2020 and beyond.
For more information or help with your tax return call us today on 0141 887 7766.