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UK tax year dates – 2022

What date does the tax year start? In the UK, the open and close of the tax year does not fall on the same timeframe as the calendar year. Just like the calendar year, the new tax year date falls in the 12-month timetable according to which you must settle your tax payments and returns.

UK tax year dates – Summary Table

📅 Does the tax year coincide with the calendar year?No, they follow different timeframes
✅ Tax year start date6th April
🏁 Tax year end date5th April (the following year)
☝️ Why is the end of the tax year important?It is important to know the dates and deadlines of the tax year for your own financial planning, so that you pay your taxes when they are due without incurring in extra penalties

What are the tax year dates?

When is the new tax year start date and when is the end of the tax year? In the UK, the tax year start date is April 6th of each calendar year and the tax year end date is April 5th of the following year. Thus, the current tax year dates for 2021/2022 began on April 6th, 2021 and will close on April 5th, 2022. 

Important dates in the 2022 tax year you need to know

  • 6th April 2022: The beginning of the 2022/2023 tax year, starting from which new tax rates and allowances go into effect, according to the UK government’s tax policy.
  • 19th April 2022: The deadline for final PAYE submissions due for the 2021/2022 tax year ending on April 5th, 2022.
  • 30th April 2022: From this day, penalties for any unfiled Self-Assessment tax forms from the previous tax year are applied.
  • 5th July 2022: This is the last day to agree on a PAYE Settlement Agreement with HM Revenues and Customs.
  • 31st July 2022: For the self-employed, this is the last day to make a second payment for your taxes owed from the previous tax year. After this date, penalties will be applied to SA returns and unpaid taxes due by January 31st of the 2021/2022 tax year.
  • 5th October 2022: The deadline for submission of tax returns for the tax year. 
  • 31st October 2022: The deadline for submission of tax returns in paper format for the tax year ending 5th April 2021. 
  • 5th April 2023: The end of the 2022/2023 tax year.

Why is the end of the tax year important?

It’s important to know the dates and deadlines of the tax year for your own financial planning, so that you pay your taxes when they are due without incurring extra penalties, and receive the tax refunds that you are owed – people employed under the PAYE system may only lay claim to tax refunds for the last four years. This is especially true for those that are self-employed. Unlike salaried employees, who pay taxes on their income through the PAYE system (Pay As You Earn) and receive tax forms from their employers, self-employed workers are responsible for declaring their earnings through Self-Assessment forms and paying their own taxes on the earnings based on these forms. 

For salaried employees that earn income through the PAYE system, there are some situations in which you may need to file an additional tax return form, such as if you receive additional income from investments, from overseas or you earn tips or commission through your line of work.

Salaried employee tax year dates

For salaried employees that earn income through the PAYE system, if you are eligible for a tax rebate, you need to make sure that you apply for the rebate before the end of the tax year, since you are only able to collect rebates for the previous four tax years.

Self employed tax year dates

As a self-employed worker, it is up to you to remember the dates and deadlines for completing your Self Assessment tax return and filing your tax return each year so that you don’t incur late penalties and end up paying more in taxes than you should. 

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Take careful note of the filing dates below to make sure you file and pay your taxes on time.

Self Assessment filing dates

For self-employed workers, there are additional tax dates to remember for the additional documentation that they must provide when paying taxes. Self employed workers must also fill out and file self assessment forms declaring their income during the tax year, and the deadlines for filing these forms are not the same as the dates salaried employees must follow. Below are some important dates to remember for self-employed workers:

  • 30th December 2021: The deadline for online self-assessment tax return submissions for the 2020/2021 tax year ending 5th April 2021.
  • 31st January 2022: The deadline for online submission of self-assessment tax returns for the tax year 2021/2022. This is also the deadline for paying any unpaid taxes due for the same tax year.
  • 5th April 2022: The end of the 2021/2022 tax year, and last day for claiming tax refunds from self assessments in the last four tax years. 
  • 6th April 2022: The beginning of the 2022/2023 tax year.
  • 5th October 2022: The deadline to register as a self-employed worker with the HMRC for the current tax year.
  • 31st October 2022: The deadline for submitting hard copies of the self-assessment for the 2021/2022 tax year
  • 30th December 2022: The deadline for online self-assessment tax return submissions for the 2021/2022 tax year ending 5th April 2022.
  • 31st January 2023: The deadline for online self-assessment tax returns for the 2021/22 tax year. 

Knowing your tax year dates

While it may seem like there are many dates to remember, and the fact that the tax year open and close doesn’t coincide with the calendar year may be cause for some confusion at first. However, once you have a few rounds of tax years completed, you’ll find that the process isn’t really so complicated after all! Though if you find that you still have difficulty remembering the dates and meeting the deadlines, you may want to consider asking the help of a financial advisor to make sure that you pay what is due on time, and receive the tax refunds you are entitled to!

FAQ

What date does the 2022/2023 tax year start?

The 2022/23 financial tax year dates start from Wednesday, April 6th 2022 until Wednesday, April 5th 2023.

Is 2022 a 53 week tax year?

No, the year 2022 is not 53 week tax year, it is a 52 week tax year.

What date does the tax year-end 2022?

The current tax year ends on 5 April 2023. The 2023/24 tax year starts the following day, ending on 5 April 2024.

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