This is generally referred to as Notice 316 (see button below).
HM Revenue & Customs are required, by law, to serve this notice.
The notice is served to every individual who is required to complete a Self-Assessment Return (SATR).
It could be served at any time but usually in April or May each year.
Anyone served with this notice is required to complete a SATR for that year, within time limits.
Generally this is by 31 January following the the tax year ending 5th April or
Within three months from the date of the serving of notice.
Whichever is the later.
Depending on how the SATR is filed: i.e. online or by a hard copy.
What do i need to do ?
Anyone receiving this notice is legally required to submit a Self-Assessment Tax Return (SATR).
The exception to this is that if you believe this notice was issues in error or
You no longer need to submit a tax return.
In which case you can ask HM Revenue & Customs to withdraw this notice.
HM Revenue & Customs must be advised in advance to cancel the notice.
Such agreement to cancel is mandatory.
There are penalties for late submission.
Is Form SA316 a Tax Return?
This is not a Tax Return.
It is often mistaken for form SA100, which is the actual Self Assessment Tax Return form.
In most cases tax return SA100 can be submitted electronically directly to HM Revenue & Customs.
An electronic Self Assessment Tax Return must be submitted by 31 January.
However, a paper Self Assessment Tax Return is 31 required to be submitted by 31 October.
Failure to submit the SATR will lead to interest and penalties, information about the penalties is given in the links below.
Time Limits (Not Negotiable)
31 October following the tax year to which the return relates if a paper return is filed.
31 January following the tax year to which the return relates if the return is filed electronically.
If the notice to file, or a tax return containing the notice to file, is given after 31 July following the tax year to which the tax return relates, the filing date is the later of three months from the date it is given, or, if the return is filed electronically, 31 January.
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