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TODAY is the deadline for submission of your tax return. Contact Taxfile for help filing & avoid a minimum £100 fine!

10 DAYS to the Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline!

10 days to the Self Assessment tax return deadline

There are just 10 days left in which to file your Self Assessment tax return with HMRC. Miss the deadline (11.59pm on 31st January 2017) and you’ll straight away be in for a £100 fine from HRMC, so don’t delay — contact Taxfile TODAY to book an appointment with one of our helpful tax advisors and accountancy experts.

We’ll make filling in and filing your tax return a breeze and what’s more, we’re currently open 6 DAYS A WEEK from now until the end of January (Saturday mornings by appointment). Don’t leave it to the last minute, though, as there is always a bottleneck for those who do — so come in as early as you can this week.

It doesn’t matter if you have zero tax to pay – you still need to submit your tax return on time! You also need to have paid HMRC any tax due for the 2015-16 financial year by the same 31 January deadline.

So get our professional help with filing of your tax return — you can book an appointment online, drop by the Tulse Hill shop to book one, send us an email message via our contact form or, better still, simply call us on 0208 761 8000 and we’ll book you in and help sort out your tax return accurately and on time. Don’t delay — time is quickly slipping by!

Act now & save on your tax return

It’s Time to File Your Self-Assessment Tax Return!

Time to file your self-assessment tax return

If you haven’t already done so, you need to file your Self-Assessment Tax Return* very soon. However, don’t leave it until January or it’ll cost you more! Think more in terms of sorting it out right now — as time is of the essence! And don’t forget, you need to submit your tax return irrespective of whether you owe any tax.

Beat the January 1st price increase!

If you need professional help filling in and submitting your tax return, contact us here at Taxfile during November or December — ideally well before Christmas — and you’ll beat our price increase that kicks in on January 1st. Why the increase? Because we have to open for extended hours and pay overtime during January to cope with all the tax returns that have been left to the last minute. So the message is avoid bottlenecks, save money, and reduce stress by contacting us now.

We also do tax refunds (including CIS), bookkeeping & accountancy work

We can also help you with your CIS tax refund application if you’re a sub-contractor working in the construction industry — if you act fast you might even Read more

Autumn Newsletter 2016

Taxfile’s Autumn Newsletter 2016

Taxfile's Autumn Newsletter 2016

Taxfile's Autumn Newsletter 2016Hot off the press is our brand new Autumn newsletter for 2016. If you haven’t yet seen it, take a look because it’s jam-packed full of useful information that’ll help you keep your tax affairs and accounts in order, save you money and keep you up to speed on tax matters. Here’s a quick flavour of what’s included (or click the thumbnail image to view or download the newsletter):

  • Act fast to save money on your 2015-16 tax return – see the newsletter’s first article.
  • Sub-contractors working in the construction industry are invited to claim their CIS tax refunds through Taxfile, so they have their refund in time for Christmas!
  • Help if you’re late with any previous years’ tax returns and tax payments — and how you already owe HMRC at least £1300 if you haven’t filed your 2014/15 tax return or paid tax for that year.
  • Try the UK’s Number 1 cloud-based accounts package FREE, for a month. No credit card required – cancel at any time – full details are included in the newsletter. [UPDATE: Please note that this offer has now expired].
  • Help if your tax affairs are in a mess — are you late filing returns or paying tax? Are you worried about HMRC penalties? Are you a foreign worker, working in the UK, and need to get your tax records up to date following the Brexit decision? We’re here to help!
  • Taxfile are Finalists in the ‘Independent Firm of the Year, Greater London’ category of the British Accountancy Awards 2016.
  • Free tax enquiry Fee Protection Insurance for Taxfile customers who file their tax returns by the statutory deadline through Taxfile.
  • How online banking may save you time and money.
  • Introduce a new client to Taxfile and save 10% on our fees!
  • Saturday opening at Taxfile (Tulse Hill office) throughout November and December.
  • Help with all your tax and accounting needs – check out our list of all the things we can help you with — now including auto enrolment!
  • And a ‘thank you’ to all Taxfile customers … Read more
Guy Bridger outside the Tax Office

“Pay As You Go” Self-Assessment is on it’s way!

Pay-as-you-go Self AssessmentA few years ago Guy Bridger, from Taxfile, was helping to advise The Office of Tax Simplification and the then Director Michael Jack. Guy proposed that, while the bulk of the working population have their taxes calculated by their employer and thereforGuy Meets Rt. Hon Michael Jacke pay taxes in ‘real time’ with clarity, ease and convenience, the same was unfortunately not true for the UK’s small business owners and the self-employed. For those, it is too often the case that taxes are paid as much as 18 months in arrears because of limitations in the existing tax system. This time lag often means that the tax due to be paid has been spent already, simply because that old system had too large a reporting and payment window. So Guy suggested that ‘real time’ reporting and payments of tax would be significantly more convenient and beneficial to the small business owner and self-employed individual. It would enable them to keep on top of taxes and, as an added bonus, their accounts records too.

The Government has now recognised this good advice. In a new system nicknamed ‘Pay As You Go Self-Assessment’, the Chancellor has announced that small businesses, landlords and self-employed workers making more than £10k in profit each year will be able to account for tax in virtually “real time”. This will be made possible via Read more

Taxfile newsletter (Autumn 2015)

Save money & hassle with our latest PDF newsletter!

Taxfile newsletter (Autumn 2015)Check out our latest A4 newsletter — which is jam-packed with ways to save money when dealing with your tax affairs and is more comprehensive than our recent e-newsletter. Savings include our 5% Early Bird discount for help with your tax return or accounts before Christmas, our offer to reduce your Taxfile bill by a further 12½% if you introduce a friend who then becomes a Taxfile client, a shout out to all sub-contractors in the construction industry who, if they act fast, can have their CIS tax refunds in time for Christmas, plus Key Dates in the tax calendar, a warning to Landlords — and a whole lot more.

Download the newsletter here (Acrobat PDF format – right-click to save the PDF to your hard drive then open it in Acrobat Reader or alternatively left-click the link to view the newsletter directly in most browsers).

Beat The January Rush and Save!

Beat The January Rush and Save 5%TaxFile are offering a 5% reduction for clients who can submit their accounts to us before December 21st this year. This helps both of us — you receive a 5% reduction in your bill and it eases the rush in the New Year, our busiest time.

For example you could use this opportunity to reduce our charges for help with your self-assessment tax return submission if you’re self-employed, or for help with your CIS tax refund application if you’re a sub-contractor working in the construction industry, or if you’re one of our many clients who simply require tax advice and accountancy-related assistance from time to time.

Don’t delay – this discount is only available for a few weeks so call us on 020 8761 8000 or call into our Tulse Hill branch in SE21 for a chat and we’ll be delighted to help. You can also email us by clicking here or alternatively you can make an appointment with one of our tax agents here.

Taxfile Newsletter November 2015

Want to save money before Christmas?

Tax Newsletter

Taxfile tax newsletter November 2015Check out Taxfile’s latest e-newsletter to find out our latest tax news and easy ways you can save money — but only if you act fast.

Taxfile’s friendly staff are always available to help on all matters regarding tax and if you come in before 21st December we’ll give you a discount – check out the e-newsletter for full details and other ways to save even more. Up to date bulletins can also be found here on our tax blog.

If you’d like to save money on your self-assessment or tax refund, including CIS refunds for sub-contractors, call into Taxfile’s Tulse Hill Branch in SE21, or telephone 020 8761 8000.  You can also contact Taxfile online here or book a free introductory appointment with a tax advisor here.

If you’d like to be included in our future e-newsletter mail-outs, please click here. We only send a few each year and you can unsubscribe at any time with a simple mouse-click. Your details will, of course, not be passed on to anyone else — they are only used to send out our own newsletters and tax news.

Tax Credit Cuts Blocked by the House of Lords

House of Lords vs The Chancellor

In an almost unprecedented move, the House of Lords has backed a motion asking the government to revise its proposed tax credit cuts. This is the first time in 100 years that the lords have voted down a financial package and this is an embarrassing blow to George Osborne. The Chancellor has been asked to delay his proposed tax cuts until he comes up with a way of compensating low paid workers over the course of the first three years.

At present 9 in every 10 households receive tax credits but under the Chancellor’s new proposals this would reduce to 5 out of every 10 from April 2016. This means 3 million working families would lose, on average, about £1000 if the proposed changes go through next April.

Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

There are 2 types of credit; Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Under the Chancellor’s new proposals Read more

Airbnb in HMRC crack-down on hidden income from renting out rooms

Hosts renting out rooms to be targeted by HMRC

Airbnb in HMRC crack-down on hidden income from renting out roomsHosts who rent out a spare room could soon see themselves being straddled with an unexpected tax bill if companies like ‘Airbnb’ are forced to share data with UK authorities.

Airbnb, the website that allows you to list, find or rent a room in a private residence, has announced that it now has to share details of its users’ rental profits with the tax authorities in Ireland. Airbnb was already required to share this information in America but, until now, has not been required to do so in the UK. However, HMRC are cracking down on unpaid tax from hidden income and this may result in companies like Airbnb soon having to share details of income earned by its UK customers.

Airbnb, which has headquarters in Ireland and America, say they are not currently governed by the same legalities in the UK and so will not be reporting income automatically in the UK but, as part of its crack-down on unpaid taxes, HMRC has said it will be approaching intermediaries like Airbnb for data on their clients. Read more

Tax Return 2014

STILL haven’t filed your tax return? You owe £410 in fines & counting!

If you STILL haven’t filed your tax return despite the end of May being almost upon us, you’ll owe £410 in HMRC penalties by the end of this week. Continue to throw money down the drain at the rate of £10 extra per day thereafter if you still don’t submit your return.

As we explained in our last post, missing the original January 31 deadline meant an automatic HMRC penalty of £100 (on top of tax owed, of course) at that time.
But, with the additional penalty of £10 per extra day extra having been piling up since 1st May, it means you’ll need to add £310 to the original £100 penalty by the end of this week. Carry on like this for yet another month and by the end of June you’ll owe a whopping £710. It doesn’t end there — by the end of July it’ll be worse still as there is an additional £300 penalty levied by HMRC. Yes, that’s on top of the daily £10 fine and the original £100 penalty, meaning that the total penalty will then be £1300 as a bare minimum (it can be worse still if HMRC deem your case to be particularly serious). All this simply because your tax return is late.

All these penalties are in addition to the actual tax you owe!

Don’t forget … even if you owe no tax, you still need to submit your tax return so aren’t immune to the penalties. Take another look at the full post for more detail or, better still, contact us here at Taxfile urgently if you’d like our professional help in filing your tax return on your behalf — and minimising the penalties you’ll need to pay to HMRC. Call 0208 761 8000, click here to contact us or book an appointment with one of our tax advisors here and we’d be delighted to help. We are based in Tulse Hill, South London.