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Do I need to submit a tax return?

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A list of who is required to file a self-assessment tax return by the 31 January deadline.

You have just over three weeks to submit your self-assessment tax return to HMRC. If you don’t, you’ll face an initial fixed fine of £100, which applies even if no tax is due.

If you’re not sure whether you should be filing one, check the list below:

People need to complete a tax return if they:

  • are a self-employed sole trader
  • are a partner in a partnership business
  • are a minister of religion (of any faith)
  • are a trustee or executor of an estate
  • have an annual income of £100,000 or more before tax (employee or pensioner)
  • earned more than £2,500 from renting out property
  • have income from savings and investments of £10,000 or more before tax
  • or their partner received Child Benefit and either of them had an annual income of more than £50,000
  • received more than £2,500 in other untaxed income, for example from tips or commission
  • earned income from abroad that they need to pay tax on
  • are a trustee of a trust or a registered pension scheme
  • received a P800 form from HMRC which said they didn’t pay enough tax last year and they haven’t paid what they owe

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