HM Revenue & Customs have announced that it will not be changing the time frame of when the self-employed and landlords have to register.
This news has been very much welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), as it was concerned the change would lead to upheaval for taxpayers while offering few benefits.
Currently, a self-employed person or landlord is required to give notice to HMRC of their liability for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) no more than six months after the end of the tax year in which the taxpayer became liable to tax.
The proposed alternatives included reducing the current six-month deadline to two, three or four months, or using the business’s start date to trigger a notification liability.
John Cullinane, CIOT Director of Public Policy, said, “We are pleased that the government agrees there is currently no need for HMRC to inflict what would represent significant upheaval on the newly self-employed and first time landlords with changes to when they have to register to pay income tax.
“We believe the current Income Tax Self-Assessment registration process works well for most taxpayers, and there is insufficient evidence to change the current statutory deadline.”