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10 January 2022

The deadline is extended until 28 February 2022

Do your taxes by 31 January!

THIS IS A reminder to freelances that they need to submit their online self-assessment tax return for tax year April 2020-April 2021 by 31 January 2022. Failure to do so will mean automatic fines in three figures. At the beginning of this year there was grace period due to covid which allowed freelances to submit a tax return slightly later than usual and avoid a fine. This will not be the case this time round.

Bag of coins at the feet of St Matthew; Photo: Matt Salusbury

A bag of coins at the feet of former tax inspector St Matthew the Apostle, from a statue in the treasury of Mdina Cathedral, Malta.

Our earlier warning to do your taxes, issued in early October, still stands, except that it is now more urgent. This includes details of the data you should submit to the NUJ's Membership Department if you are applying for reduced contributions.

The previous article also gives details of how to get into the self-assessment system if you became self-employed between April 2020 and April 2021. If you are relatively newly self-employed and have not registered as such with HMRC and got your Unique Tax Reference number and Government Gateway password, best get a move on now.

HMRC – Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the tax people, remind you that if you received any SEISS grants between 5 April 2020 and 5 April 2021, you will need to include these on your tax return. You can check which of your SEISS payments fell within those dates and need to be included in you tax return for that year here.