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UK tax deadlines 2014

Don't sweat, you still have plenty of time to fill your Self Assessment tax return for the 2012 to 2013 tax year, but make it your priority and just get it done, as the deadline is approaching. Once that's dealt with, also take a look at the UK tax deadlines 2014 for the 2013 to 2014 tax year.

General deadlines

If you are self-employed it's important you know what the UK tax deadlines for 2014 are. There are deadlines for sending your Self Assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs and paying any money you owe, and going over the deadlines mean you will have to pay a penalty.

For the 2012 to 2013 tax year, which ended 5 April 2013, the deadlines are:

- 5 October 2013 for registering for self assessment

- Midnight 31 October 2013 for paper tax returns

- Midnight 31 January 2014 for online tax returns

- Midnight 31 January 2014 for final payment of any tax due

Normally If you miss the paper deadline, you can send your return online instead to avoid a penalty, but you still need to have registered for Self Assessment by 5 October 2013.

The 2013 to 2014 tax year ends 5 April 2014 and the current deadlines are:

- 5 October 2014 for registering for self assessment

- Midnight 31 October 2015 for paper tax returns

- Midnight 31 January 2015 for online tax returns

- Midnight 31 January 2015 for final payment of any tax due

In a number of cases there are exceptions to these deadlines but as a general rule it would be best to get ready on time.

Exceptions to deadlines

The deadline for sending the tax return in some cases can be different from the general UK tax deadlines for 2014:

- 30 December 2014 if you are sending your return online, owe less than £3,000, and want HM Revenue Customs to try and collect the tax through your PAYE tax code

- 31 January 2015 if you’re a trustee of a registered pension scheme or a non-resident company- note that in this case you can only file a paper tax return

Lastly, HM Revenue & Customs may contact you by letter telling you about a different deadline.

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