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Personal tax return

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A personal tax return is a form that you as a taxpayer sometimes have to submit to HMRC to declare your income and how much tax you should pay (or sometimes get back from HMRC as a tax refund).

When you need to file a personal tax return:

  • If you’re employed and earned over £100,000 per year
  • If you earned over £1,000 from self-employment
  • If you made over £2,500 from renting out a property

There are lots of other reasons why you’d need to file a personal tax return. Here’s a complete list.

If you need to file a tax return, the deadline is January 31st of the year following the tax year in which you earned that income. The UK tax year is from April 6th to April 5th.

For example, if you were self-employed between April 6th 2022 to April 5th 2023, you have until January 31st 2024 to file a tax return.

You can file a tax return in several ways:

  • You can send a paper tax return to HMRC
  • You can go to HMRC’s website and submit one online yourself
  • You can have use a personal accountant to file for you
  • You can use a tax return service like TaxScouts (hello!)
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