HMRC agree not all directors have to file a tax return

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HMRC’s guidance now states that where all of a director’s income is taxed at source and there is no further tax to pay, they do not have to register for and file a self-assessment return.

As many company directors are taxed under PAYE they will not need to give notice of liability to tax.

If they have received a notice to file a return and have no other taxable income to report, they can ask for the notice to file to be withdrawn. If however HMRC decide that they still require a return then one must be submitted or late filing penalties may be due.

If a director receives dividends, has any untaxed income, any capital gains, or any tax liability for any other reason they will be required to complete a self assessment tax return whether HMRC have asked for one or not.

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