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Important tax dates and deadlines
Our handy calendars will make sure you never miss an important deadline. Knowing what you need to do means you'll never have the stress of running round at the last minute to get things ready for HMRC and risking forgetting something. If you're a RIFT customer then we'll take care of all this for you and get in touch to remind you of any information or paperwork we need from you well in advance.Tax Return Enquiry About Tax Returns
Tax dates and deadlines for companies
There are a number of different schedules, all with their own deadlines, that companies must be aware of. Some of these are set dates for everything in the UK, but some depend on your own accounting periods or when your company was set up.
Returns must reach HMRC by the 19th of each month.
For example, the return for the period 6 May - 5 June must be filed by 19 June
Corporation tax payments are due 9 months and 1 day following your financial year end.
For example, if your year end is 31 December 2015 any corporation tax owed must be paid by 1 October 2016.
Due dates for returns and payments:
Your VAT payments are due 1 calendar month and 7 days after the end of an accounting period. You need to allow time for the payment to reach HMRC’s account.
The deadlines are different if you use the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme. You can find out more about it on the HMRC website.
You must submit your return online unless:
- your business is subject to an insolvency procedure (if you have a Company Voluntary Arrangement or an Individual Voluntary Arrangement you can submit your return online if you want to)
- you object to using computers on religious grounds
- you can’t because of your age, a disability or because of where you live, eg you don’t have internet access
Contact HM Revenue and Customs HMRC to find out how to submit your return if you can’t submit online.
You must pay VAT to HMRC electronically, eg through direct debit or internet banking. Most businesses aren’t allowed to pay by cheque. If you have any problems paying your VAT bill then contact HRMC immediately.
PAYE payment information
Under HMRC RTI (Real Time Information) rules, an employer must file details of any payments made to employees on or before the date that a payment is made to the employee.
Payments of PAYE and National Insurance must reach HMRC by the 19th of the month following the tax month in which the salary payment was made, if paying by cheque, or by the 22nd of the month if paying electronically.
If the 19th or 22nd falls on a weekend or bank holiday, payment must reach them on the last working day BEFORE the weekend or holiday.
|19 April||Final submission must be made to HMRC under RTI for the year, including answering the “end of year questions”|
|31 May||P60’s to be given to all employees|
|31 May||P11d to be filed with HMRC|
|19th of the month following the tax month in which the salary payment is made||Class 1 A payment to reach HMRC (postal)|
|22nd of the month following the tax month in which the salary payment is made||Class 1 A payment to reach HMRC (electronic)|
Fines and Penalties
What happens if I miss a deadline?
If you haven't filed by the 31st of January or you've missed your July payment on account, HMRC will chase you. The penalties for failing to file your return or pay your tax are severe.
If you miss a filing deadline by just one day, you're already looking at a £100 fine!
If you've made a geniune mistake or have a reason HMRC considers acceptable for late filing then there are steps you can take - but you need to act quickly.Learn more about fines and penalites
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