First Time Tax Return? Register With HMRC By 5 October 2022

If you need to complete a tax return for the first time you must let HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) know by Wednesday 5 October 2022

Before customers can complete their first tax return, they need to register with HMRC to receive their Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). Customers need their UTR to file a return.

Need to do a tax return for the first time? Register with HMRC by 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 October 2022. You could be fined if you do not.

Are you new to Self Assessment?

Customers who are new to Self Assessment for the 2021 to 2022 tax year may include:

  • those who are newly self-employed and earned more than £1,000
  • a new partner in a business partnership
  • those who have received any untaxed income
  • those claiming Child Benefit but they or their partner have an income above £50,000

Self-employed customers must also register for Class 2 National Insurance contributions.

Tax return deadlines

The tax return deadline for the 2021 to 2022 tax year is Monday 31 October 2022 for those complete on paper forms, and Tuesday 31 January 2023 for online returns and pay any tax owed.

HMRC is encouraging customers to plan ahead to give themselves the best chance to complete their Self Assessment on time. Customers who file early will benefit from knowing what they owe, allowing them to budget and pay at a time that suits them. If customers are due a refund, they could get it back quicker. Customers have until Tuesday 31 January 2023 to pay any tax owed.

File your tax return online

The easiest way to complete a tax return is online. Once a customer is registered for Self Assessment, they can use their UTR to access their tax return, as well as details of their income or earnings and other financial records. Read detailed information on what documents are needed for Self Assessment