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OVER ONE MILLION INDIVIDUALS USE EXTRA TIME TO FILE TAX RETURNS

HMRC estimates 11.3m of 12.2m of the taxpayers who had to file a self-assessment tax return for the 2020/21 tax year did so by 28 February 2022.Individuals and trusts required to submit a self-assessment return must usually do so by the 31 January that comes after the tax year in question to avoid a fine.However, HMRC announced in early January 2022 that no fines would be applied for tax returns that were filed past the typical deadline but were sent to them by 28 February 2022.This essentially extended the self-assessment deadline by a month, which HMRC also did for individuals filing their 2019/20 self-assessment tax return in 2021.

Lucy Frazer, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:


“Today’s stats show how vital the extra month was in supporting the cashflows of more than a million self-employed people and businesses across the UK, helping to ensure their survival as we recover from the pandemic.”

Individuals who filed their return on time have until 1 April to pay their tax bill or set up a time to pay arrangement to avoid a financial penalty, although interest will still accrue from 1 February on any unpaid tax.The time to pay service allows individuals and businesses to spread their payments of up to £30,000 in instalments. Talk to us about your tax payment. ADPL LLP | www.accountingdirectplus.com/ | 020 8886 9222 | info@accountingdirectplus.com

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ECONOMIC FORECASTS DAMPEN FOR 2022


The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revised its forecast for GDP growth in 2022, which is now expected to grow at half the rate as it did in 2021.GDP is now expected to grow in 2022 by 3.6%, revised down from 4.2% and compared to 7.5% growth in 2021.The downgrade largely reflects a deterioration in consumer confidence and weak business investment amid a cost of living crisis and rising inflation.GDP growth will slow sharply again to 1.3% in 2023 before easing to 1.2% in 2024 due to limited activity following the cost- of-living squeeze, according to the BCC.It also warned CPI inflation could peak at 8% in Q2 2022 and outpace wage growth – significantly higher than the Bank of England’s 6% forecast.CPI inflation is now expected to fall back to the Bank of England’s 2% target in Q4 2024, over a year later than the previous forecast of Q2 2023.Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:“Our downgraded projections for the UK economy highlight the critical challenges facing business communities and households against the backdrop of the growing uncertainty surrounding both the UK and global economy.“Coming hot on the heels of two years of a pandemic-induced squeeze on cashflow and investment plans, it is clear the Government must do more to support UK business and the wider economy.”

Talk to us about your tax payment. ADPL LLP | www.accountingdirectplus.com/ | 020 8886 9222 | info@accountingdirectplus.com

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