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HMRC And The Great Tax Return Reminder

The filing deadline for 2016/17 is rapidly approaching ...



We know that the vast majority of our clients have already sent their accounts to us and we're pleased to have balanced their books so their tax returns could be prepared with the correct taxable allowances included ...

Remember to file your 2016/17 tax return with HMRC and pay before the end of this month!

Remember to file your 2016/17 tax return with HMRC and pay before the end of this month!

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But there are a few still outstanding, so please get them to us in the next few days. If we don't have time to get your tax return filed before the end of the month (remember you need to approve it before we can send it in), you'll receive a late filing penalty from HMRC which you will need to pay on top of the tax you owe.

HMRC have changed some of the payment options, and by the time you read this blog post, you'll no longer be able to pay at a Post Office or by credit card. So it's bank transfer, debit card or a cheque in the post.

If you can't pay all of it in one go, you'll need to speak to HMRC to apply for and hopefully, agree on a payment plan. They'll go through an income and outgoings list with you and if they agree to a plan it will need to be adhered to strictly.

Do not, under any circumstances, pay with gift cards. There are a few email scams going around that purport to come from HMRC but are in fact sent by scammers. If you receive a request for payment by a gift card from the likes of Apple iTunes or Amazon then it's a scam!

Don't go out and get gift cards and do not, under any circumstances, phone the number in the email and give them the code numbers.

HMRC are also having issues with their payment gateways and there have been entire weekends where individuals were unable to make payments. It's best not to leave paying what you owe until the last minute or you may miss the payment deadline.

HMRC's usual process is to send a statement to those that are due to make a payment by 31st January. However, it has become apparent from telephone calls with clients, and HMRC themselves, that some statements have been sent out with incorrect figures or a statement has not been sent at all.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you are in any doubt as to the amount you are due to pay, do get in touch with us on touch with us on 01908 774320 or click here to ping us an email and let's see how we can help you.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent

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More about Roger Eddowes ...

Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.