3. Deadlines

Filing your tax return

The 2013 to 2014 tax year ended 5 April 2014. The main deadlines are:

  • paper tax returns - midnight 31 October 2014
  • online tax returns - midnight 31 January 2015
  • final payment of any tax due - midnight 31 January 2015

If you miss the paper deadline, send your return online instead to avoid a penalty.

Exceptions

The deadline for sending the tax return can be different.

Example
Deadline: 30 December - if you send your return online, owe less than £3,000, and want HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to try and collect the tax through your PAYE tax code.

Example
Deadline: 31 January - if you’re a trustee of a registered pension scheme or a non-resident company (you must send a paper return because you can’t do it online).

Example
HMRC writes telling you a different deadline.

There are additional payment deadlines if you make ‘payments on account’.

You can pay HM Revenue and Customs in different ways, including direct debit and internet banking.

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