Less than one month to go for self-assessment deadline

Jan 03, 2019

Around 5,542,000 taxpayers have less than a month to complete their Self Assessment tax returns before the 31 January 2019 deadline. More than 11.5 million 2017 to 2018 tax returns are due and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) expects the vast majority of taxpayers to complete their returns and pay any tax owed by the end of the month.

About 52% of taxpayers have already filed their returns, as of 31 December 2018, and more than 5 million have completed their returns online (88% of the total returns filed).

Help is available on GOV.UK, from the Self Assessment phone helpline (0300 200 3310), and on social media.

People need to complete a tax return if they:

  • earned more than £2,500 from renting out property
  • or their partner received Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than £50,000
  • received more than £2,500 in other untaxed income, for example from tips or commission
  • are self-employed sole traders
  • are employees claiming expenses in excess of £2,500
  • have an annual income over £100,000
  • earned income from abroad that they need to pay tax on

If customers completed a Self Assessment tax return last year but didn’t have any tax to pay, they still need to complete a 2017 to 2018 tax return unless HMRC has written to them to say it is not required.

Further information

Self Assessment facts:

  • 11,564,363 total Self Assessment returns due
  • 6,022,579 returns received, as at 31 December 2018
  • 5,541,784 returns still to file, as at 31 December 2018
  • 5,318,636 returns, as at 31 December 2018, filed online (88% of total filed)
  • 703,943 returns, as at 31 December 2018, filed on paper (12% of total filed)

Tax is automatically deducted from the majority of UK taxpayers’ wages, pensions or savings. For people or businesses where tax is not automatically deducted, or when they may have earned additional untaxed income, they are required to complete a Self Assessment tax return each year.

Source: GOV.UK.