From September 2017 HMRC will remove the need for some customers to complete a tax return, starting with two groups.
The two groups are:
- new state pensioners with income more than the personal tax allowance in 2016/17; and
- PAYE customers who have underpaid tax and who cannot have that tax collected through their tax code.
All existing state pensioners who complete a tax return because their state pension is more than their personal allowance will be removed from self-assessment in 2018/19. This may mean that some clients are dropped out of self-assessment and issued an assessment instead based on the information which HMRC hold. Of course, whether the assessment is actually correct will be a different matter.
HMRC will write to customers from September 2017 with a tax calculation. This could be a P800 or a Simple Assessment letter (PA302).
'The letter will show their:
- income from pay
- state benefits
- savings interest
- employee benefits
Customers just need to check the information is correct, and if it is they can pay their bill online or by cheque by the deadline in the letter.
If a customer thinks any information is incorrect they have 60 days to contact HMRC. For instance, if they think amounts used are wrong or HMRC didn't act on information received.
Should customers miss the deadline they should contact HMRC to discuss their circumstances or financial penalties will be applied in line with current policy.
If customers are not happy with the follow-up response from HMRC, they have 30 days to appeal against the decision.'
For more information, please refer to the policy paper published by HMRC.