Submitting Your Self-Assessment Fast This Christmas

Christmas is a popular time for submitting Self-Assessments to HMRC ahead of the 31 January deadline.

Last year, 16,000 people submitted their tax return online between 24 and 26 December. This included more than 2,500 submissions on Christmas Day and almost 7,700 the day after on Boxing Day.

More than 17,000 people also submitted their Self-Assessments on the New Year’s Day bank holiday.

FreeAgent warning to eBay sellers and Airbnb renters

With the January 31 tax deadline fast approaching, accounting software company FreeAgent has warned anyone earning money through Airbnb, eBay, Gumtree and other websites to check their tax status before they land in hot water with HM Revenue and Customs.

FreeAgent believes that many people earning money on these sites are not aware that they need to declare the income.

Failing to pay before the January 31 self-assessment deadline will result in an automatic £100 fine. And after HMRC announced a new computer-powered crackdown on ‘sharing economy’ microbusinesses, many individuals could face further penalties for not paying tax owed.

Half of small businesses have lost money on self-assessment

A survey of small businesses has revealed that 49% have, at some point, lost money through self-assessment submission errors, either through paying fines or by paying additional tax.

The survey, conducted by a cloud accountancy software company, also asked small businesses for their opinions about the new Making Tax Digital initiatives that will change the way that small businesses pay tax.

Of the 1,000 respondents, 62% said that they were prepared for the changes, with 20% reporting that they weren’t aware of the changes.