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Understanding the nitty-gritty details of your annual Self-Assessment tax bill is crucial, especially as the 31st of January filing deadline approaches. At Ultra Tax Ltd, we're here to demystify the process, explaining how your Self-Assessment bill is calculated, when and where you can access it.

What is a Self-Assessment Tax Bill?

The Self-Assessment system, employed by HMRC, is designed to collect Income Tax and National Insurance, where applicable. If you earn income not already known to HMRC, such as profits from your business, it must be reported annually in a Self-Assessment tax return. HMRC then utilizes this information to calculate your tax and National Insurance obligations, resulting in the generation of your Self-Assessment tax bill. 

Who Needs to File a Self-Assessment Tax Return? 

Certain individuals are legally obligated to file a Self-Assessment tax return by 31st January each year, while others may choose to do so voluntarily. To determine your status, you can use HMRC’s Self-Assessment checker or refer to our comprehensive guide on who needs to file a Self-Assessment. 

How is Your Self-Assessment Tax Bill Calculated? 

The Self-Assessment bill comprises Income Tax and, where applicable, National Insurance. HMRC calculates your Income Tax by summing up all taxable income sources, deducting allowable expenses, capital allowances, other allowances, and your personal allowance for the year. The relevant tax rate is then applied to each income source. For those liable for National Insurance, especially the self-employed, both Class 2 and Class 4 contributions may be required. HMRC determines the type and amount of National Insurance owed based on the information provided in your Self-Assessment tax return. Any tax paid 'at source,' such as deductions from your salary by an employer, is subtracted to arrive at your final liability. 

Payments on Account

If your total bill for Income Tax and Class 4 National Insurance exceeds £1,000 annually, and you haven't paid at least 80% of your tax at source, your tax bill may indicate a requirement for payments on account. This involves making additional payments towards next year’s bill on 31st January and 31st July. 

When Can You View Your Bill? 

If you file your tax return online on HMRC’s website, your Self-Assessment tax bill will be visible in the ‘View your calculation’ area once all required information is provided. For paper filers, the tax bill will be sent by post after submitting the tax return to HMRC.

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