Self Assessment deadline is fast approaching...

The Self-Assessment deadline is fast approaching! Irrespective of whether you have a liability or not, if your Self-Assessment return is not submitted by 31st January 2020 you will be facing a minimum penalty of £100! 

Every year HMRC publish the top excuses taxpayers give for not filing their returns. Earlier this year it was revealed that such excuses included ‘my wife has been seeing aliens and won't let me in the house’ ‘I've been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play’ and ‘my business doesn't really do anything’. These, along with many others are obviously not acceptable. 

If you have not yet submitted your return, make sure you talk to your accountant whilst there is still time. And if your return is going to be late, make sure you have a reasonable excuse.

A reasonable excuse is something unexpected or outside your control that prevented you sending your tax return or payment on time, e.g: 

  • your partner died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline
  • you had a serious or life-threatening illness (e.g. a heart attack) that prevented you from dealing with your tax affairs
  • you lost important documents in a fire that could not be replaced in time to complete your tax return
  • postal delays that you couldn't have predicted 

The following are not usually accepted as a reasonable excuse:

  • you relied on someone else to send your return and they failed to do so
  • your cheque bounced or payment failed due to lack of sufficient funds in your account you found the HMRC online system too difficult to use
  • you did not receive a reminder from HMRC
  • you made a mistake on your tax return

If you need help with your Self-Assessment tax return or if Orange Genie can help in any way please contact our expert team on 01296 468 483 or email

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