Understanding Self Assessment and your tax return

Self Assessment tax return deadlines


You must send your Self Assessment tax return and pay any tax you owe to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on time. There are a number of deadlines for Self Assessment that you must keep in mind.

The last tax year started on 6 April 2019 and ended on 5 April 2020.

Self Assessment deadlines

If you fail to meet the deadline you may have to pay a penalty.

When the deadline is different

Submit your online return by 30 December if you want HMRC to automatically collect tax you owe from your wages and pension. You must be eligible.

HMRC must receive a paper tax return by 31 January if you're a trustee of a registered pension scheme or a non-resident company. You can't send a return online.