Failing to meet the self-assessment filing deadline almost certainly results in a £100 penalty from the government. However, HMRC will not enforce penalties for anyone who submits their 2020/21 tax return up to a month after the regular deadline for the second year in a row. Keep reading, and we’ll explain more about this unexpected announcement.
Fines will not be enforced for anyone who files by the 28th February 2022
In a surprising yet welcome move, HMRC has confirmed that late filing penalties will be waived by up to a month for the second year in a row. The tax agency reported that only 6.5 million customers had already filed their 2020/21 tax returns – just over half of the 12.2 million required to do so.
Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s deputy chief executive, said:
“We know the pressures individuals and business are again facing this year, due to the impacts of COVID-19.”
“Our decision to waive penalties for one month for the self-assessment taxpayers will give them extra time to meet their obligations without worrying about receiving a penalty.”
Taxpayers who are worried about being unable to pay their self-assessment tax bill by 31st January will not receive a late payment penalty if they pay their tax in full or set up a time to pay arrangement by 1st April. Please be aware; interest will still accrue on any unpaid tax from 1st February.
Do I need to file a self-assessment tax return?
You may be required to file a self-assessment tax return for the 2020/21 tax year if you were:
- Self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000 (before taking off anything you can claim tax relief on)
- A partner in a business partnership
If your only income is from a pension or PAYE wages, you do not need to submit a self-assessment tax return. However, you will need to submit a tax return if you receive any other form of untaxed income, such as:
- Income from dividends, investments or savings
- Foreign income
- Income from renting out a property
- Tips or commission
- Some COVID-19 grants or support payments
Reporting coronavirus grants and support payments on your tax return
If you received a payment or grant to support you during the COVID-19, you might be required to report this on your tax return if you are:
- A business
- In a partnership
You can find more information about the payments you need to report and how to report a grant or payment on your tax return on our recent blog.
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