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Tell the Taxman Now

Newsletter issue - October 2010.

Did you know you could be landed with a penalty if you fail to tell the Taxman when you become liable to pay tax? For example, when you become self-employed, or make a large capital gain. The deadline for declaring that you have income tax or capital gains tax (CGT) chargeable relating to the year to 5 April 2010 is 5 October 2010.

If you miss that deadline, the Taxman may send you a failure to notify penalty, which can be up to 100% of the tax due. However, if you pay all the tax due on time, which for income tax and CGT relating to the 2009/10 tax year is by 31 January 2011, the penalty can be reduced to nil.

Where you have already received a self-assessment tax return form to complete for 2009/10 or a notice to file a self-assessment tax return online, your obligation to tell the Taxman is satisfied when you submit your tax return on time. But if you haven't got a tax return form, you need to ask the Taxman to set you up in the self-assessment system before 5 October 2010. We can help you with registration.

Once you are registered with the Tax Office, you should receive either a Tax Return form or a letter from the Taxman asking you to file a Tax Return online. The form or letter will include your Unique Taxpayer Reference number (UTR). If you submit a Tax Return that does not include your personal UTR number it may be rejected, and any tax payments you make will not be promptly matched to your records.