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Do you need to register for self-assessment?

25 January 2024

Register for a self-assessment tax return if self-employed, a director, or with income over £150,000. Notify HMRC by October 5 after the tax year ends. Check eligibility with HMRC's online tool. File if self-employed, a partner, income over £1,000, or untaxed income.

There are a number of reasons why you might need to register for, and complete a self-assessment tax return. This includes if you are self-employed, a company director, have an annual income over £150,000 and / or have income from savings, investment or property.

The £100,000 self-assessment threshold changed for taxpayers taxed through PAYE only. The limit increased from £100,000 to £150,000 with effect from 6 April 2023.

Taxpayers that need to complete a self-assessment return for the first time should inform HMRC as soon as possible. The latest date that HMRC should be notified is by 5 October following the end of the tax year for which a self-assessment return needs to be filed.

HMRC has an online tool www.gov.uk/check-if-you-need-tax-return/ that can help you check if you are required to submit a self-assessment return.

You are required to register for, and submit a self-assessment return if any of the following apply:

  • you were self-employed as a ‘sole trader’ and earned more than £1,000 (before deducting items available for tax relief);
  • you were a partner in a business partnership;
  • you received a total taxable income of more than £150,000 in 2023-24 (£100,000 in 2022-23);
  • you were obliged to pay Capital Gains Tax when you sold or ‘disposed of’ an asset that increased in value; or
  • you had to pay the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

You may also need to file a tax return if you have any untaxed income, such as:

  • money from renting out a property
  • tips and commission
  • income from savings, investments and dividends
  • foreign income
Source: HM Revenue & Customs Mon, 22 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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