HMRC reminds freelancers to fill out their tax return

Wednesday 27 December 2017

For those of us who are self-employed, the new year is still a time for celebration, parties and - if we're honest - drinking a bit too much. However, there's another thing that will be on our minds: filling out our self-assessment tax returns.

The deadline for this crucial task is January 31st, which will come up sooner than you think, so be prepared! In order to remind people of this, HMRC has produced a series of adverts - both on billboards and on the internet  - featuring some fairly unlikely feathered helpers.

The creatures reminding self-employed workers to fill out their tax returns are not humans, but ducks. With the tagline "don't let your tax return peck away at you", two ducks are shown quacking "Tax! Tax!" at anyone viewing the adverts. Another shows a duck sat on a man's chest, quacking the same words.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC director general for customer services, said the birds represented "that tax 'niggle'" that end up on the minds of many freelancers at this time of year.

She added: "With the January 31st deadline edging closer, we want to help remind our customers to get it done so they can alleviate that feeling, ensuring they can relax and not have to worry about doing their tax return."

Of course, many freelancers have already completed their self-assessment tax returns. According to HMRC figures, a significant chunk have been doing so over the holiday period. From December 24th to the 26th, more than 16,000 tax returns were submitted.

The bulk of these were sent to HMRC on Boxing Day, when 7,655 returns were submitted. However, 6,033 were sent on Christmas Eve, and 2,590 were submitted on Christmas Day itself. Some 92 of these returns were sent over between 11pm and midnight on Christmas Eve, when most of us were doing last-minute wrapping.

This is a significant step up from 2016, when 14,358 tax returns were submitted over the festive period. This year, 16,278 were sent over in the same period; an increase of 1,920.

If you're confused about your tax return, don't worry. Here at Brookson, we have a self-employed tax calculator that you can use to work out what you should be paying in tax. And if you need any extra help, you can always book an extra consultation with us for some advice. We are specialists in self-employment, after all.

By Victoria McDonnell

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