If you’re not self-employed but still need to register for Self Assessment, the UK government has made it easy for you. By using form SA1, you can register for Self Assessment for any reason other than self-employment. This includes scenarios such as receiving income from land and property, having taxable foreign income, or having adjusted net income over £50,000 while receiving Child Benefit payments. By providing your personal information and explaining why you need to register, you can complete the form online or print and post it to HM Revenue & Customs. After registration, you can expect to be contacted within 21 days, with the option to track the progress of your application.
Register for Self Assessment if not self-employed
If you have income sources but you are not self-employment, it’s important to register for Self Assessment. This process allows you to accurately report your income and ensure that you are paying the correct amount of tax. In this article, we will guide you through the registration process, providing all the necessary information and steps to follow.
Who needs to register
There are several situations in which you may need to register for Self Assessment even though you are not self-employed:
- Income from land and property in the UK: If you earn income from property or land in the UK, you need to register for Self Assessment.
- Taxable foreign income: If you have taxable income from foreign sources, you are required to register for Self Assessment.
- Adjusted net income over £50,000 and receiving Child Benefit payments: If your adjusted net income is over £50,000 and you or your partner receive Child Benefit payments, you must register for Self Assessment.
- Yearly income over £100,000: If your yearly income exceeds £100,000, you need to register for Self Assessment.
- Yearly income from a trust or settlement: If you receive yearly income from a trust or settlement, you are required to register for Self Assessment.
- Untaxed income that cannot be collected through PAYE tax code: If you have untaxed income that cannot be collected through your PAYE tax code, you need to register for Self Assessment.
- Capital Gains Tax to pay: If you have Capital Gains Tax to pay, you must register for Self Assessment.
- Checking if you need to send a tax return: If you’re unsure whether you need to send a tax return, it’s important to check and register for Self Assessment if required.
Before you start
Before you begin the registration process, it’s important to gather all the necessary information. This will help ensure that you have all the required details on hand when filling out the registration form. Here are some of the key pieces of information you will need:
- Full name
- Postal address (this can be outside of the UK)
- Date of birth
- Daytime telephone number
- UK National Insurance number, if you have one
You will also need to provide an explanation for why you need to register for Self Assessment and the date that this requirement started.
Fill in and send the form online
Once you have all the necessary information gathered, you can proceed to fill in and send the registration form online. Here are the steps to follow:
- Sign in with your Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you first try to sign in.
- If you have a Government Gateway user ID and password, you can use your email address or phone to receive a confirmation code. This code will allow you to sign in and proceed with the registration process.
- Follow the instructions on the form and provide all the required information.
- Once you have filled in all the necessary details, review the form for accuracy and completeness.
- Submit the form online.
Fill in, print and post the form
If you prefer to fill in the form manually, you can choose to print and post it instead of submitting it online. Here’s how you can do this:
- Download and print form SA1.
- Fill in all the required information on the form.
- Double-check that all the details are accurate and complete.
- Once you are satisfied with the form, post it to HMRC using the postal address shown on the form.
After you’ve registered
Once you have submitted the registration form, you can expect some follow-up actions and communication from HMRC. Here’s what you can anticipate:
- Expected contact from HMRC: HMRC will typically contact you within 21 days of receiving your registration form. However, during busy periods, this timeframe may be longer.
- Obtaining Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR): If you registered online, you may be able to obtain your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) sooner by using the HMRC App or your personal tax account.
- Checking response time: If you haven’t heard from HMRC after 3 weeks, you can check when you can expect a reply. This will help ensure that your registration is being processed and that you will receive the necessary information and documentation.
By following these steps and procedures, you can ensure that you are registered for Self Assessment and meet your tax obligations efficiently.