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If you need tax help, there are a few places you can go. First of all, let’s work out what kind of help you need. Here are 6 common questions about sorting your taxes and how to solve them.
This is pretty simple. When it comes to your tax return, you can either get this done:
If you need help with paying your tax bill, it’s best to go to HMRC directly. They’ll be able to potentially put you on a payment plan to help you avoid any late payment penalties. But it depends on your reasons for not being able to pay on time:
Speak to HMRC via the Self Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300-200-3822
If you’ve registered with HMRC for your Self Assessment in the past, you’ll be able to retrieve your Unique Taxpayer Reference number. If you’ve not previously registered, you won’t be able to find it because it doesn’t exist yet! To create one, register for Self Assessment here.
Otherwise, you can find it:
Sometimes, HMRC may make a decision that you don’t think is fair. In this case, you’re allowed to appeal it in one of the following scenarios:
If you want to appeal a decision, you can contact HMRC on any of the following helplines.
When you’re on a low income, there are resources available to provide you with free help and advice when it comes to your taxes. Low income is deemed to be £20,000 per year or less.
TaxAid is available 10am-4pm Monday to Friday on 0345-120-3779, or you can have a look at their free resources on their website. It’s a handy choice if accounting fees are out of budget.
Similar to TaxAid, over 60s who receive less than £380 per month (the equivalent of £20,000 per year) can seek free tax advice from the charity Tax Help for Older People. You can use their Advice Service or read through their resources privately.
They’re open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted by phone on 01308-488-066.
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