Top Tips for Stress-Free Self Assessment Tax Filing

The Self Assessment deadline is looming, which can leave most self-employed professionals scrambling to complete and file their tax returns. No matter how many times you’ve had to file your tax return, the completion of Self Assessment doesn’t seem any less stressful. But with the right knowledge, you can file your return accurately and on time without even breaking a sweat. Read on to discover our top tips for stress-free Self Assessment.

Register for an online account

If you usually file your Self Assessment as a paper return, then chances are you’re well aware that the deadline for submission has been and gone. Self Assessment paper tax returns must be submitted by 31st October, but don’t panic if you’ve missed this date!

Registering for an online account is quick and easy, and will serve you better in the long run, particularly as tax continues to be digitalised. You can register for online Self Assessment if you’re self-employed, not self-employed, or a partner or partnership. Register here and you’ll receive a Unique Taxpayer Reference from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) within 10 working days. If you’re based overseas, it’ll take 21 days. This letter will contain an activation code so you can setup your online account and get filing right away.

Get your paperwork in order

The key to successful Self Assessment is having all your paperwork ready. Make sure all paperwork is to hand. This includes your P60, P45, P11D or P9D (for expenses), certificates of interest from your bank or building society, and evidence of dividends from investment and other income sources.

Use online resources to answer queries

In the run up to the Self Assessment deadline, HMRC phone lines are particularly busy. You don’t have to waste time waiting however. You can find reliable guidance online. The government’s help and support for Self Assessment is the best source we can point you to, with a range of videos and webinars available to address all related queries.

Call on a professional

As experts in Self Assessment, we’re here to provide the best support not just as the deadline for Self Assessment draws closer but all year round. We can help you prepare for Self Assessment and can even file your return on your behalf to ensure a truly stress-free and straightforward experience.

Get in touch with us today on 0191 251 7599 to find out how we can help with Self Assessment tax filing. Alternatively, please email