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Deadlines for sending in your tax return

31 October: paper returns

If you send a paper tax return it must reach HMRC by midnight on 31 October.

So for the 2013-14 tax year (ending on 5 April 2014), the deadline for paper returns is midnight on 31 October 2014.

There are very few exceptions. As an example, the deadline may be later if HMRC send you the letter, telling you to complete a tax return, after 31 July. In this case the letter will tell you the deadline - it is usually 3 months from the date of the letter. Or if you're sending a Self Assessment return for a registered pension scheme or non-resident company, you can only send paper returns so the deadline isn't until 31 January.

31 January: online returns

Your online tax return must reach HMRC by midnight on 31 January.

So for the 2013-14 tax year, the deadline for online returns is midnight on 31 January 2015. There are very few exceptions. As an example, the deadline may be later if HMRC sends you the letter, telling you to complete a tax return, after 31 October. In this case the letter will tell you the deadline - it is usually 3 months from the date of the letter.

There's also an earlier deadline of 30 December if you want HMRC to collect any tax you owe through your tax code. You can ask for this if you owe less than £3,000. Please show this clearly on your tax return. HMRC will try to collect the tax due through your code, but they can't always do so.

Deadlines for paying your tax

31 January

You must pay any tax you owe by 31 January following the end of the tax year.

For example, for the tax year 2013-14 (ending on 5 April 2014) you must pay any tax you owe by 31 January 2015.

The payment deadline is the same for both paper and online returns and there are very few exceptions. As an example, the deadline may be later if HMRC sent you the letter, telling you to complete a tax return, after 31 October. In this case your payment date is usually due 3 months from the date of the letter.

On the 31 January, you'll need to pay one or both of the following:

  • any tax you still owe for the previous tax year
  • the first of two 'payments on account'

Payments on account are part payments towards your next tax bill. You don't always have to pay these - it'll depend on the amount of tax due and the kind of income you receive.

HMRC will usually send you a 'Self Assessment Statement' that shows how much you owe or you can check your tax bill online.

31 July

This is your deadline for making any further payments on account. For example on 31 July 2014, you'd make your second payment on account for the 2013-14 tax year.

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