Self Assessment – The Last 7 Days

Ray Stewart Bookkeeping, Business, General, Tax Matters Leave a Comment

Yup.. Just a week until the filing deadline for your 2008 Self Assessment Returns – if you haven’t done it already.

Just a few things to bear in mind for you:-

1. Using the on-line filing system is no guarantee that your SA form will be accepted first time. There could be errors, boxes ticked or not ticked, student loan calculations done incorrectly, more than 28 digits in your business name or any number of 200 or so “known issues” that prevent successful filing. Moral is then, don’t rely on filing at 11.59pm on the 31st Jan – just in case of one of these hiccups.

2. Penalties are automatic. So don’t think you can come up with a “reasonable” excuse that will let you off. It won’t.

3. You can pay any outstanding tax on-line using the Alliance & Leicester website. All you need is your 10 digit UTR and remember to put a k on the end (no don’t ask why…) and a debit card and you can pay it right up to midnight on the 31st and it will be cleared funds immediately – so no interest.

4. Still want to pay the “old fashioned” way by post but haven’t received a payslip from the Tax Office yet? You can use this one – just fill in the details before you post if off.

5. You may not be aware but if you have paid all your tax by the 31st Jan, but haven’t filed you SA form by the deadline, the Tax Office have to reduce your penalty to £nil.

The best advice is to deal with your tax affairs in plenty of time. You can file your form anytime from mid April to 31st Jan so it always baffles me as to why people still have a tendancy to leave things until the last minute.

I had two client’s yesterday (one old, one brand new) who both brought me two years books. SA forms for 2007 and 2008 being required. I gave them both a right talking to for being so lazy and ostrich like in their attention to tax matters but they will both be charged royally for leaving me just 7 days for the work.

Filing your SA form early means you know your tax position and what payments are required well ahead so that you can plan them into your cashflow.

Filing at or after the deadline brings your case to the attention of the HMRC system and you are statistically more likely to undergo a detailed investigation (to make sure you did it right in the end – they say).


Ray Stewart
I am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant having passed my final exams way back in 1981. I actually can’t believe that was 37 years ago!! Anyway, I am now in my 60’s and I have been running my own business since May 1983. And before you ask, no, I have never regretted a moment of it! Part of the membership requirements of my professional body now dictate that I spend quite a lot of time on “CPD” - continuing professional education (one of their better ideas) - and over the last two years I decided to study business growth and marketing. I have learnt such a lot and that knowledge has radically changed my old “accountants” approach to business. It has made such a difference to the way I work and operate I feel that I just have to pass on this knowledge. It is simply too powerful to hold back!! - but I will try and do it in simple terms rather than expecting you to spend hours, as I had to, working through the difficult language that trainers seem to use to pass on their concepts. I hope you find the blog a useful resource and interesting place to visit as the months pass. I will do my best to keep up the flow - but if there are any topics you would like me to cover, then please let me know. Ray Stewart
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