Tax year dates for UK businesses
Managing a business in the UK can keep you on your toes, especially when the UK tax year rolls around! Stay organised by adding these tax due dates for the UK 2022-2023 financial year to your calendar, or, better yet, bookmark this page for reference.
Remember, depending on whether you’re operating as a limited company, a sole trader, or self-employed, the relevant tax year dates for your business may differ. Scroll down, or contact your Beany accountant for tax year dates as they relate to your situation in the UK’s tax year.
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What are the important tax year dates for a sole trader or self-employed person?
In the UK, the tax year starts on 6 April each year and ends on 5 April the following year. For example, 2023 - 2024 tax year starts on 6 April 2023, and ends on 5 April 2024.
There are important tax due dates you should remember if you’re a sole trader or self employed:
Self-assessment filing date
The online filing date for your self assessment tax return is 31 January following the tax year to which it relates, for example your 22-23 tax return (which covers the period from 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023) is due on 31 January 2024.
If you are filing a paper return the filing due date is 31 October following the end of the tax year, so for 22-23 tax year this will be 31 October 2023.
If you are filing online, are an employee as well as being self-employed or a sole trader, and you wish HMRC to collect the tax you owe via your tax code you must submit your tax return by 30 December following the end of the tax year, i.e. 30 December 2023 for the 22-23 tax return.
What if I miss the self assessment filing date?
If you miss the deadline you will receive a fixed £100 penalty. If you are more than 3 months late daily penalties start to accrue, with these daily penalties increasing if you are more than 6 months late and again if you are more than 12 months late.
HMRC has a handy calculator for estimating your late payment interest and penalties here.
If you can’t make payment on time, get in touch with HMRC or an accountant to see if you can set up a payment plan using installments.
When do I need to pay my self-assessment tax bill?
Your tax liability is due to be paid to HMRC before 31 January following the end of the tax year (the same date as your tax return is due for filing).
Unless it is your first year of being self-employed, your tax bill is less than £1,000 or your tax bill is collected at source you will need to pay your tax in instalments. For the 23-24 tax year your first instalment is due on 31 January 2024 and the second instalment is due on 31 July 2024, with a balancing payment (if needed) paid on 31 January 2025.
What are the important tax year dates for a company?
If you operate your business through a company there are more tax key dates that you that you keep track of, due to the additional compliance requirements associated with running a company.
The tax due dates for a company depend on your year-end date. Please note, these dates are for businesses with a year-end date of 31st March and are to be used as a guide only. Contact your accountant for due dates as they relate to your situation.
Confirmation statements must be filed at least once every 12 months and must be filed within 14 days of the end of the review period. The review period is either the date your company was incorporated or the date you last filed your confirmation statement.
When do my company’s financial statements need to be filed?
Your financial statements are due for filing with Companies House 9 months after the end of your accounting period, if you're a private company or LLP. For companies with a year end of 31 March 2024 your accounts are therefore due for filing on 31 December 2024.
If your first accounts cover a period of more than 12 months, you must deliver them to Companies House within 21 months of the date of incorporation, or 3 months from the accounting reference date - whichever is longer.
If you miss the filing deadline you will be charged penalties, with the penalties increasing when your accounts are more than 3 months late and more than 6 months late per the below. Please note these penalties are for private companies and LLPs, not public companies.
What about my company’s tax?
Your company’s tax return is due for filing 12 months after the end of the accounting period, so for a company with a 31 March 2023 year-end your tax return is due for filing with HMRC on 31 March 2024.
If you miss this tax due date you will face penalties as follows:
Your tax bill, however, is due to be paid earlier. Assuming your company is not deemed to be large, your tax liability is due to be paid to HMRC within 9 months and 1 day of the end of the accounting period. If you’re a large company you can find out more about paying your tax liability here).
So a company with a 31 March 2023 year-end must pay its tax liability by 1 January 2024. Keep in mind that interest accrues on late payments, adding an extra layer of urgency.
Navigating these tax deadlines can be complex, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Reach out to Beany - our experts are well-versed in UK tax regulations and can provide you with the guidance and support you need to ensure timely and accurate tax submissions.
When do I need to file my VAT returns?
VAT returns are typically filed on a quarterly basis, and the deadline for submitting the return and paying any VAT owed is one calendar month and seven days after the end of the quarter.
For example, if the quarter ended on March 31st, the deadline for submitting the VAT return and paying any VAT owed would be May 7th.
How can I file my taxes?
Filing your taxes in the UK doesn't have to be a headache. You've got options: tackle it yourself, or let a professional accountant or tax agent ease the burden.
- DIY: if you're considering this option, you can file online through your Government gateway account. You can find more details on HMRC’s website.
- Via an accountant or a tax agent: partnering with a tax agent or accountant can simplify things immensely. They handle your taxes, so you can focus on running your business.
Don't forget: with the introduction of Making Tax digital for VAT you must submit your VAT returns through MTD-compatible software such as Xero. You can either navigate this yourself, or engage an accountant or tax agent for a smoother experience.
Keeping track of tax deadlines
As a UK business owner, keeping tax deadlines on your agenda is crucial. But why not make it easier? At Beany, our streamlined tax questionnaire cuts through the clutter, making the process of gathering essential business information as painless as possible.
Plus, with Beany by your side, you're not just getting an accountant; you're gaining a team dedicated to ensuring you maximise your tax deductions and avoid overpaying.
Our friendly support team and your personal Beany accountant are with you every step of the way, simplifying your tax process for peace of mind and maximum efficiency.
Meeting your tax deadlines
Planning ahead is essential for any business owner, and our accountants at Beany suggest setting aside 30% of your gross income in a separate bank account for taxes (e.g., VAT, corporation tax and income tax). This strategy helps prevent cash flow issues when tax deadlines roll around.
Equally important is maintaining your accounting records, such as receipts, bank statements, invoices etc. HMRC requires you to keep these records for at least 6 years, so staying organised is key.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry. Beany is here to help. Our team provides tailored support to ensure your finances are in order and your business is fully prepared for the tax season.
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