Tax Advice For Actors

Deadlines for sending in your tax return:

Advice for actors submitting their tax return in January
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 2012-13 tax year (ending on 5 April 2013), the deadline for paper returns is midnight on 31 October 2013.
31 January: online returns
Your online tax return must reach HMRC by midnight on 31 January.
So for the 2012-13 tax year, the deadline for online returns is midnight on 31 January 2014.
If you miss the deadline, the longer you delay, the more you'll have to pay. So it's important to send your tax return online to HMRC as soon as you can. 
So for the 2012-13 tax year (ending on 5 April 2013)
you must pay any tax you owe by 31 January 2014.
The payment deadline is the same for both paper and online returns 
1 day late A penalty of £100. This applies even if you have no tax to pay or have paid the tax you owe.
3 months late £10 for each following day - up to a 90 day maximum of £900. This is as well as the fixed penalty above.
6 months late £300 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is the higher. This is as well as the penalties above.
12 months late £300 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is the higher.
In serious cases you may be asked to pay up to 100% of the tax due instead. In some cases the penalties can be even higher than this.
These are as well as the penalties above.

31 October: paper returns

If you send a paper tax return it must reach HMRC by midnight on 31 October.
So for the 2012-13 tax year (ending on 5 April 2013), the deadline for paper returns is midnight on 31 October 2013.

31 January: online returns

Your online tax return must reach HMRC by midnight on 31 January.
So for the 2012-13 tax year, the deadline for online returns is midnight on 31 January 2014.

If you miss the deadline, the longer you delay, the more you'll have to pay. So it's important to send your tax return online to HMRC as soon as you can. 

So for the 2012-13 tax year (ending on 5 April 2013) you must pay any tax you owe by 31 January 2014.

The payment deadline is the same for both paper and online returns.

1 day late
A penalty of £100. This applies even if you have no tax to pay or have paid the tax you owe.

3 months late
£10 for each following day - up to a 90 day maximum of £900. This is as well as the fixed penalty above.

6 months late
£300 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is the higher. This is as well as the penalties above.

12 months late
£300 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is the higher.

In serious cases you may be asked to pay up to 100% of the tax due instead. In some cases the penalties can be even higher than this.

Need help with your tax returns?

If you need help submitting your tax returns we recommend the accountancy service Bonacc. Phone them on 01905 353 663 or email Tim at Tim@bonacc.co.uk 

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