What happens after I submit?

After you have submitted a tax return:

  • you will get an email about your completed return. This will include something called an IR Mark, which is effectively HMRC's stamp that says it's been accepted.
  • after a few days, you will also get a statement from HMRC showing what you need to pay and by when. This may come by post, or you can see it in your own personal tax account at HMRC. untied do not get a copy of this (though it's something we'd like to include in the future)

In some cases, HMRC will collect any tax by an adjustment to your tax code for the following year (if you have employment income). Otherwise, you will need to pay HMRC the amount that is due by a certain date.

For 2021/22 tax returns

The deadline for paying any additional tax due for the 2021/22 tax return year is 31 January 2023. However, so long as you pay within 30 daysthere won't be any penalty. You may find yourself paying a tiny amount of interest (about 7.5p per day per £1,000 you owe).

Some people also need to make payments on account, on 31 January and 31 July, but HMRC will contact you if this applies to you.

You'll find information on how to pay here (also see the related article at the bottom which includes HMRC's bank details).  Delaying payment until after the end of February could lead to a 5% penalty charge. If it looks like you're going to miss this deadline, then contact HMRC and ask for an extension or a payment plan. After all, it's in their interests that you can afford to pay your tax. You can call HMRC on 0300 200 3300. If you have issues with tax debt, then we have linked to another related article at the bottom of this page that can help.

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