Self Assessment filing

4 Steps to filing your Self Assessment

This applies to Sole Traders, Partnerships and CIS (Construction Industry Scheme).

When you need to submit your tax return to the HMRC for the first time, the process is somewhat daunting. We have listed the steps below that you need to take, before you begin filing your self assessment.

One of the main points to note is that you should allow yourself enough time to get this done. By allowing yourself the time, you will avoid receiving a penalty from the HMRC for late filing and you can pay any tax owed before the dealine date.

First you need a Government Gateway account so you can use HMRC services. You then need your UTR number (Unique Tax-Payers Reference) and an activation code.

Without these you cannot move forward with the filing of your self-assessment.

It can take up to 20 working days to complete the full registration. So make sure you allow yourself enough time to do this, so that you can file your self-assessment on time.

The HMRC website and guidance is quite straight forward to follow, which does make things a little easier. Begin by registering for your Government Gateway account, which you can complete online.

Your UTR number and an Activation code are sent to you by post.

The activation code is required for your Self-Assessment service to become live and your UTR number is required to register for Self-Assessment.

Allowing plenty of time for registration, especially if you are new to Self Assessment filing takes a bit of the pressure off you. This will leave you to concentrate on your book-keeping until it is time to file.


If you would like help or if you have any questions, feel free to call or email us and we will guide you through the process or we will do it for you.

To file your own self assessment you can click here on the Gov website

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