Who needs to file a tax return?

We've updated this guide on 6th August 2019

Most people in the UK do not need to file a tax return because they pay tax at source.

However, there are a few situations when you do need to file a tax return.

1. If you have any untaxed income

2. If you want to claim a tax refund

  • if you work in the construction industry through the CIS scheme
  • if you’ve made investments in SEIS or EIS eligible startups or VCT funds
  • if you’ve made donations to charity
  • if you’ve made private pension contributions as a higher rate taxpayer
  • or if you had work expenses over £2,500.

3. If HMRC tells you to submit one

  • if you received a P800 form
  • or if you received a notice to file a tax return.

4. If you need to qualify for benefits

  • if you need to prove you’re self-employed to claim Maternity Allowance or Tax-Free Childcare
  • or if you want to make voluntary Class 2 National Insurance contributions and qualify for benefits.

5. Other situations

I’m a director of a limited company – do I still need to file a personal tax return?

Only if you paid yourself dividends over £10,000.

Otherwise, not anymore.

You still need to make sure that your company submits a corporate tax return, however.

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1. Simple online tax assessment

Our online tax-bot will go over your tax situation and will make sure you won’t overpay your taxes.

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2. Chat to human advisors

You can talk to one of our tax assistants at any time during the process when you have any questions.

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3. We’ll sort your documents online

We’ll tell you exactly what documents you need and sort them for you online. You just upload them or snap a picture with your phone.

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Your certified accountant will go over your details & prepare your tax return for you to review. It will be filed on your behalf once you approve it.

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Who our service is for

First time tax filers

We have a simple online service that guides you through the entire process. Regardless of your reasons for doing your tax return we'll help you get it done right.

Construction workers

We'll prepare your self assessment and help to maximise your CIS tax refund. We have the lowest fees in the industry and you don't have to pay up front if you're eligible for a refund.

People living overseas

Our service allows people living abroad to prepare their income tax return online. We are able to process all returns regardless of your current country of residence.

Company directors

UK company directors are required to file their self assessment annually. TaxScouts handles this through a simple online process.


Long Lets, Airbnb, Capital Gains. TaxScouts will sort out your self assessment and take away the worry of tracking all the recent tax changes.


TaxScouts ensures the self employed don't overpay on their taxes. We'll help you benefit from all the tax breaks and deductions that can be applied to your return.

And for everyone else who needs to do their self assessment

At TaxScouts we appreciate that tax returns are highly individual. Before you get assigned an accountant we make sure to understand your circumstances and help you build your optimal tax profile.

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What happens next

  • We'll ask you a couple of short questions
  • Then we'll tell you what documents we need
  • Finally one of our qualified accountants will file your tax return