SA316 – HMRC Notice to File a 2021 Tax Return

SA316 – HMRC Notice to File a 2021 Tax Return

HMRC has started issuing the 2021 notices to complete a tax return.

These can either be received through your online personal tax account, as above, or through the post.

The postal form is called a SA316 form.

The notices relate to the 2020/21 tax return year, which covers the period 6th April 2020 to 5th April 2021.

As in previous years, it is recommended to complete your tax return as soon as the information is available.


There are many benefits to completing the tax return now:

– You will know what tax will be due in July 2021, January 2022 and July 2022.

– Filing soon after the year-end doesn’t mean that your tax has to be paid any earlier, but the 31st July 2021 payment on account may be able to be reduced.

– Any refunds due for the year can be issued without delay.

– If you are an employee and owe less than £3,000 you can elect to pay the tax liability interest-free through your tax code starting in April 2022 – as long as your return has been submitted before 30th December 2021.

It is important to remember that the notice to file means that you have to submit a tax return, even if there is no tax due.

Fines are issued based on the receipt of the form rather than the tax liability, so failing to submit the return could result in significant fines if the reminders are ignored.

If you have any queries regarding your 2021 tax return, please do make contact to see how I could assist – there is no charge for an initial discussion via email.

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