by Steve Martindale
Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, you do unfortunately still need to submit your annual income tax return, although the deadlines have been extended to give people more time to do so. The vast majority of us are required to fill in our tax returns online and the website officially opened for submissions on Monday 20th April.
The deadline for tax declaration varies depending on the department in which you live, and following the extension, the 2020 deadlines for declaring your 2019 income are:
- Departments 01 to 19 (zone 1) & non-residents – Thursday 4th June at 23:59
- Departments 20 to 54 (zone 2) – Monday 8th June at 23:59
- Departments 55 to 974/976 (zone 3) – Thursday 11th June at 23:59
If you are unable to declare your income tax online – if you do not have an internet connection, or are unable to access the website for other reasons – you can still submit a paper declaration. The deadline for this is Friday 12th June.
For the first time this year, 12 million households will have very little to do to declare their income tax. Following the introduction of taxation at source last year, employees who have not had a change of address or family situation, and who have no additional income to their salary, will have their income tax “tacitly” submitted; this will be familiar to anyone who has lived and worked in the UK.
“If people believe that the information held by authorities is up to date and correct, and they have not had any changes in their revenue streams between 2018 and 2019, then they have nothing to do,” explained Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of Public Action and Accounts. “If this is not the case, or if any information is incorrect, people can correct their declaration online.”
Many people visit their local tax office each year for advice or help, but these buildings will remain closed until at least 11th May. The government has advised that extra capacity has been made available to answer queries by email or phone and that physical appointments will be available as soon as possible when the lockdown period ends.