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HMRC tax updates

The self-assessment tax return deadline is on 31 January. If you're planning to spend some time getting your records up to date, we can help.

Tax return survival guide

This spotlight looks at all the help and support available if you're completing your self-assessment tax return. With videos from HMRC and products from PACEY to help, you'll have it done in no time.

Self Assessment Live sessions from HMRC

Register for HMRC's Self Assessment (SA) live sessions now to beat the January filing blues. The SA live sessions were a big hit last year - so join HMRC this year to get the support you need.

Register for the sessions here: Webinars and videos about Self Assessment. You can dial in anytime during the sessions to ask our staff questions and to get answers to help with your tax return. Remember though that HMRC staff running the sessions don’t have access to your personal tax accounts so no personal information should be given.

You can also see HMRC's YouTube recordings for Self Assessment help. And if you need some help in planning, try this handy ready reckoner for help with budgeting for your Self Assessment bill. To join the sessions, simply sign up by providing a name and email address – a link to attend will be sent. Sign into the session and then ask your questions in the text box on the screen – this will be explained during the webinar.

You won't need a webcam or microphone to use the service – the HMRC staff will not be able to see or hear  participants.

Videos to help

HMRC has published YouTube videos, including How to complete your tax return online.

There are also webinars for self employed people that explore the tax requirements.

HMRC and PACEY have produced an online training course especially for self-employed childminders. Members can access this in MyPACEY.

Making tax digital - consultation

HMRC is consulting on ways to transform the tax system. HMRC is considering how it can simplify payment arrangements for taxpayers to reduce errors and make it easier to pay tax owed. HMRC will be seeking stakeholder views at a series of consultation events in January and February 2016, including the steps involved in moving to any new payment arrangements.

Read more about these developments on