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The Early Bird Catches the Worm — The Benefits of Acting on Taxes Sooner

The Early Bird Catches the Worm — The Benefits of Acting on Taxes Sooner

by Ali at Taxfile.

For many self-employed UK taxpayers, the January Self-Assessment deadline looms like a tax-shaped storm cloud. But what if you could banish that pre-deadline panic and transform tax season into a breeze?

Psychology tells us that we are motivated when one set of thought processes outweighs the opposing ones, tipping the balance to make us act. With that in mind, here are 7 key things that may motivate you to act on your taxes sooner rather than later.

Do I Need to Register for Self-Assessment?

Do I Need to Register for Self-Assessment?

by Mohamed at Taxfile.

In today’s guide, we look at the rules around whether or not you need to register for Self-Assessment and submit a tax return to HMRC each year. Let’s take a look.

Reasons to Register for Self-Assessment

You generally need to register for a Self-Assessment tax return if your income isn’t taxed at the source, meaning the tax isn’t automatically deducted from your wages/salary. Here are some common scenarios where you would need to register for self-assessment:

Filing with Companies House – A Guide for Limited Companies

Filing with Companies House - A Guide for Limited Companies

Companies House is the Government agency responsible for maintaining the public register of companies in the UK. Filing with Companies House typically refers to the submission of various documents and records, as required by the registrar of companies in the United Kingdom. In today’s guide, we’ll take a look at what types of document need to be filed, when to file them, and what happens if they’re not filed on time.

Demystifying the SA302: Your Tax Summary Explained

Demystifying the SA302: Your Tax Summary Explained

by Faiz at Taxfile

An SA302 is a document issued by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that summarizes your income tax calculation for a specific tax year. It shows how your tax bill was arrived at, including your income from various sources, any deductions and allowances, and the final amount of tax owed or refunded. In today’s guide, we explain why your SA302 is important, how and where to get a copy of it, and why it’s important to check tax returns and avoid errors.

Guide to the Employer Payment Summary (EPS) – for Limited Companies within the CIS

Guide to the Employer Payment Summary (EPS) – for Limited Companies within the CIS

by Daniel at Taxfile.

Understanding the Employer Payment Summary (EPS) monthly claims for limited companies within the CIS

Limited company contractors operating within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) have distinct payroll obligations, including the submission of their Employer Payment Summary (EPS). In today’s guide, we’ll explain what the EPS is, its purpose, and the submission rules limited companies have to follow if they work within the Construction Industry Scheme.

Spring Budget 2024: A Balancing Act for the UK Economy

Spring Budget 2024: A Balancing Act for the UK Economy

by Ali at Taxfile.

The UK Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, delivered his Spring Budget on March 6, 2024, amidst a backdrop of subdued economic growth and limited fiscal headroom. The budget aimed to strike a delicate balance between supporting economic activity, controlling public spending, and preparing for future challenges.

If you have missed the announcements, the Key Highlights for the majority of our clients are as follows.

CIS Contractor’s Monthly Return (CIS300)

CIS Contractor's Monthly Return (CIS300) - Explained

by Daniel at Taxfile.

The CIS Contractor’s Monthly Return is a mandatory requirement for contractors operating within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). It acts as a mechanism for contractors to disclose to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) payments issued to subcontractors and the corresponding tax deductions withheld from those payments. By providing HMRC with information regarding payments rendered and the accompanying tax deductions, the CIS Contractor’s Monthly Return guarantees transparency and adherence to regulations within the construction sector. In today’s guide, we explain the various components of the monthly ‘CIS300’ return, how the process works, key deadlines, the ramifications of non-compliance, and much more.

Setting Up for Making Tax Digital

Setting Up for Making Tax Digital - Bookkeeping, Record-Keeping Etc

by Sue at Taxfile.

Whether you’re new to self-employment and have just started to run your own business, or have been doing it for a while – the fact is: Making Tax Digital (‘MTD’) is coming and it would be best to get set up in the right way, now. In today’s post, we explain everything you need to know about setting up for MTD including bookkeeping, which records to keep, taking cash and card payments for sales — and more. Take a look!

Understanding Overpayment Relief

Understanding Overpayment Relief – Types, Eligibility & How to Claim

by Mohamed at Taxfile.

Have you ever felt that you’ve paid more in taxes than necessary? Whether due to calculation errors, changes in personal circumstances, or evolving tax laws, overpayments can happen to anyone. The good news is that there’s a way to reclaim those excess funds through the process of overpayment relief claims. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of reclaiming your hard-earned money.