HMRC expects over 2.8m people to file their own tax returns, with around twice as many using advisers and accountants to take care of the process for them.
If this is the first time you are filing a self-assessment tax return online, you will need your self-assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference – known as a UTR. You will get a UTR when you register for the self-assessment service.
Click here to register for the self-assessment service and choose the form that fits your circumstances (eg: employee, sole trader, partner, etc).
UTRs can take a while to come through – especially at busy times – so if you don’t have one and need to file your tax return, make sure you register as soon as possible.
You'll also need to have your national insurance number handy.
If you’ve previously used the self-assessment service but now can’t remember your user ID and password, you can request a replacement here.
This can take up to seven days and will come in the post.
HMRC is running a trial for a new service to enable people to verify their identity online for immediate access to the self-assessment service.
You'll need to hold a passport and/or driver licence and to have some recent financial history (eg by holding a credit card, loan or mortgage) to try using GOV.UK Verify to access the self-assessment filing service.
This could prove really handy if you have lost your login details but, as it is a beta service, numbers will be limited so don't leave it until 5pm on Saturday 31 Jan to try it out!
If, like most people, you'd rather be doing more fun things at the weekend than filing your tax return, why not get Clayton & Brewill to take care of it for you?
We have a track record of saving our clients not only time but also tax, as we often pick up things our clients have missed.