What to do if you no longer need to complete a tax return

We've updated this guide on 31st July 2019

If you think you no longer need to complete a tax return, let HMRC know as soon as you can.

They will still expect a tax return otherwise.

How do I do it?

  1. Call HMRC on 0300 200 3311 or use this online form.
  2. Complete a Self Assessment tax return. You will need to wait until the end of the tax year to do this: here are the tax deadlines.
  3. Pay the tax that is due. HMRC will also cancel your Class 2 National Insurance contributions.
  4. Give HMRC your correct address for the next 12 months.
  5. Keep your records for the next 6 years: receipts, bank statements, etc.

If you are working in the Construction Industry, then call the CIS helpline (0300 200 3210) instead.

You can see more details on this HMRC page.

What if I already received a letter from HMRC?

If you received a letter from HMRC, but you don’t think you need to file a tax return anymore, you should still contact them.

Three things can happen:

  • HMRC might agree to cancel it: you will no longer need to submit it, and they’ll also remove any penalties for missing the deadline
  • HMRC might not agree to cancel it: you will need to file a tax return and tell them about the change in your situation.
  • If HMRC thinks you have not paid enough tax, they might still agree to cancel the tax return, while also issuing you with a “simple assessment” so you can pay that extra bit.

What happens if I haven’t called HMRC yet?

Then HMRC will continue to send you Self Assessment tax returns.

That’s not all: HMRC may also create an estimated tax bill for you.

This bill is legally due and can only be removed by filing a tax return – but only within 3 years.

In short, getting out of Self Assessment should be straightforward, but we know how it can quickly get complicated.

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