By Lynne Gowers on 26th October 2017

Halloween deadline for paper self assessment returns

All of a sudden it’s that time of year again – firework smoke in the air, hearty casseroles and that annoying friend who already has all their Christmas presents bought and wrapped.
As Halloween creeps up on us (sorry), in accounting terms it means the first of the self assessment deadlines.

As well as being All Hallows’ Eve, 31st October is the cut off for completing a paper self assessment tax return. So if you are a fan of pen and paper, you need to download a copy of the self assessment form SA100 here , complete it and post it to HMRC at the address below:

Self Assessment
HM Revenue and Customs
United Kingdom

Missed the deadline? Don’t panic!

If you miss the paper deadline of midnight on October 31st, don’t worry, you still have until 31st January 2018 to file your self assessment tax return online, using HMRC’s Government Gateway.

If you haven’t filed this way before you need to open an online account.
For this you will need your UTR and either your NI number or postcode.
Once you have done this HMRC will send you an activation code by post. You must use this to activate your government gateway account within 28 days.
You will then be able to log in and file your return.

Hand it over to us

HMRC have gone some way in recent years to make the online filing process more user-friendly, and these days it is how the vast majority of people complete their returns.

But if it all sounds like too much hassle, Boox offer a complete self assessment service. You get the peace of mind that your return is being handled by experts and we’ll file it directly with HMRC, saving you valuable time.
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Happy Halloween!


Whether you are having a party, trick or treating with the kids or just watching a horror flick from the sofa, we hope you enjoy the spooky celebrations.

We’ll leave you with some Halloween trivia:

  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits roamed the countryside on Halloween night, so they began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognised as human.
  • A fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.
  • Orange and black are the traditional Halloween colours because orange is associated with the autumn harvest and black is connected with darkness and death.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween night, it is said to be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you.
  • Jack O Lanterns originated in Ireland when candles were placed in hollowed out turnips to ward off evil spirits. Irish immigrants brought this tradition to America, where pumpkins were more readily available.

Click here to get your 2016 – 17 tax return started

Written by Lynne Gowers
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