What kind of tax return do I need to submit?
You might need to submit different types of tax return depending on what sort of business structure you operate, such as if you’re a sole trader or run a limited company. There are other factors too. For instance, if you’re VAT registered you’ll need to submit VAT returns as well as your business tax return.
Sending a tax return tells HMRC about the income that you earn, any tax you’ve already paid, and any allowable expenses you can claim tax relief on.
Common types of tax returns for businesses
When should I submit my tax return?
This depends on what sort of tax return you need to submit, because different types of return have different deadlines and requirements. It can get a bit confusing, so it’s essential to keep track of everything and set reminders to avoid any penalties!
Tax return deadlines
Should I submit a tax return if my business made a loss?
Yes, once you register, you’ll need to continue filing a tax return until you tell HMRC that you no longer need to, even if you make a loss and don’t have any tax to pay. Unfortunately, if you don’t submit your return on time without a good reason, you’ll normally receive a penalty.
Can I offset my costs against my tax bill?
Yes! Businesses only pay tax on the their profits, not their total income. You can claim tax relief on any allowable expenses which you incur in your business, which reduces your profit figures, and therefore your tax bill.