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Critical Tax and HMRC Deadlines This Month

As July heats up, so does the pressure for many to meet critical financial deadlines. 

James O’Brennan a finance expert from Federal Management gives a comprehensive guide to what needs to be checked off your list by July 31st and the hefty fines you could face if you let these deadlines slip by.



Second Payment on Account for Self-Assessment Taxpayers

If you're self-employed or have other untaxed income, you might need to make a Payment on Account to HMRC. This is essentially an advance payment towards your tax bill for the year, based on your previous year's income. The second instalment of this payment is due by July 31st.

Potential Fine: Failing to meet this deadline can result in interest charges on the amount you owe, starting from the due date until the date of payment.


Tax Credits Renewal

For those receiving tax credits, this date is also the cutoff for renewing your claim. Missing this deadline can lead to your payments being stopped.

Potential Fine: If you fail to renew, not only could your credits stop, but you might also have to repay what you received since the start of the tax year.


Capital Gains Tax Payments for Property

If you sold property during the previous tax year and have capital gains tax to pay, you might need to settle your bill by this date, depending on when the sale was completed.

Potential Fine: Delaying beyond this date will accrue interest and possibly late payment penalties, adding a significant amount to your original tax liability.


Submit Declarations for Offshore Assets

For those with assets or investments outside the UK, July 31st can be a deadline for disclosing these details to HMRC, depending on personal circumstances.

Potential Fine: Penalties for nondisclosure of offshore assets can be severe, ranging from substantial financial penalties to criminal prosecution.


How to Avoid Penalties

Prepare Early: Gather all necessary documents and information well in advance. Don't wait until the last minute.

Consult Professionals: If you're unsure about your tax obligations, consulting a tax professional can save you from costly mistakes.

Use Online Services: HMRC's online services are designed to make submissions and payments straightforward and timely.


James O’Brennan a finance expert from Federal Management says: “July 31st is a crucial date for managing your taxes and maintaining your financial health. By staying proactive and informed, you can avoid unnecessary fines and ensure peace of mind. Remember, in the world of taxes, being early is always better than being late!”

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