HMRC changes self-assessment registration for those not self-employed

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced a change to the way that taxpayers who are not self-employed register for self-assessment.

Before the changes, all new self-assessment registrations for the self-employed were dealt with by a central HMRC team, while registrations for customers who were not self-employed were dealt with in local HMRC offices.

However, as from 21 September the self-assessment team is to deal with all new self-assessment registrations. The aim is to make the process quicker and easier.

In practical terms, this means that taxpayers who are not self-employed no longer have to write to their local tax office in order to get a tax return and register for self-assessment.

Instead, they can register by ringing the self-assessment helpline on 0845 900 0444 or by completing a new form (SA1), which is downloadable at http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kbroker/hmrc/forms/viewform.jsp?formId=3648

The form should then be submitted to the Central Agent Authorisation team in Newcastle.

The new form SA1 has been designed to help those who aren’t self-employed to provide all the information HMRC needs. Once this is done, HMRC registers taxpayers for self-assessment and sends out the right tax return pages.

Anyone who is newly self-employed should telephone the helpline on 0845 915 4515 or complete form CWF1.

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