Tax Advice from Paula

It’s Tax Return Season – 5 reasons to avoid the rush

You do it every year.

You know it’s coming, like your partner’s birthday or Christmas, yet more often than not, you leave it till the last moment. Probably it’s because it’s one of those tasks which is always looming in the background and you don’t really like doing it. All those receipts, all those invoices. Surely they’ll just go away? Well, they won’t.

You ask yourself “Why do I put myself through this every year? Why don’t I get it done earlier and avoid the stress or rushing around when I have plenty of other important things to do?”

After all, you have 10 months to get your income tax return done, so what’s stopping you?

Here are five very good reasons to get next year’s tax return in quickly:

1 – You may be due a tax refund

If so, don’t you want that cash in your account rather than HMRC’s? Refunds do occur quite often.

If you’re a start-up sole trader still working in a PAYE job and you had a PAYE job in the previous few years, you may be able to claim a tax refund for the PAYE income tax you’ve paid.

Even for employees, your tax code may have been wrong or you paid more tax-deductible costs, like charitable donations, than the year before.

2 – Certainty

If HMRC need to ask questions, they have 12 months from the date you file the return. So, if you submit it on 6 April 2019, HMRC must ask questions by 5 April 2020.

Firstly, HMRC is likely to regard an early filing as a good thing. Secondly, they need to be very organised to get their notice to you that early in the tax calendar. And thirdly, you have more certainty that your tax bill is agreed.

3 – Quality

With more time far away from a deadline, the job isn’t rushed and less errors are likely to arise.

4 – Be proactive

More time also allows you and your accountant to review your tax position, discuss your business and your future plans, and take action at the beginning of the next tax year in good time and with proper consideration.

All in all, less stress.

5 – Smile

You can fully enjoy Christmas and the New Year without your tax return hanging over you!

At On The Spot Tax Accountants, we work with you throughout the year. We get to know your business inside out and keep your records up-to-date to avoid the end-of-year panic.

If you’d like this approach to the wonderful world of tax and accounting, call for a free initial chat with Paula Tomlinson, our MD on 07717 854333 or 01444 882677, or see www.onthespottax.co.uk

 

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