Preparation Tips for Yearly HMRC Tax Reports


Every resident of the United Kingdom has certain obligations with regards to HMRC, which in turn is responsible for handling the taxation. Many people use services of specialized professionals who take care of their taxation, while others do their tax reports by themselves. Regardless of whether you do that yourself, or you ask someone else to do that, you still have to provide correct information in your tax report. The below hints will help you deal with taxes accurately and efficiently.

Although in the past most of the transaction receipts and reports were collected in paper form, and paper was what made up the majority of deduction-related paperwork, nowadays most of the transaction are non-cash. This is why people more and more often forget about transactions they made in the past up until the moment it showed on the statement, or it was too late to get the deduction. On the other hand, tracking business costs can be done efficiently with the use of proper software or mobile applications. The latter allows you to track costs even on the go.

Of course, technology didn’t make the paper receipts obsolete. What’s more, they are often still required both during the taxation period and during a potential review of your books. Store your paper receipts in one location, and then hand them to your accountant or, if you do the tax report for HMRC on your own, use the software or apps mentioned above to track the costs. Adding purchase information throughout the year is the easiest method for most tax payers.

Simply add all of your purchases, including the ones paid for by credit cards and by cash. If you don’t want to invest in software, even an Excel spreadsheet can be a good and efficient idea. You can split the costs into categories and note them down as they occur, daily, weekly or even monthly. You can use any spreadsheet for this purpose, including any of the free ones that are currently offered online.

To learn what to receipts to save, check the list of deductions that is available at HMRC. This will not only give you an idea of what can be deducted but sometimes can help you plan your spending. If you are still unsure whether you can or cannot deduct certain purchases, get in touch with HMRC by calling the HMRC contact number for clarification.

What many people don’t know, you don’t have to be a business owner to need this information. Even self-employed people such as freelancers can deduct certain things from the income that they receive. Keeping track of your income and costs is crucial to stay on top of where your money is going to and will save you a lot of time and potential problems when it’s time to send your report to HMRC.