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The date that your tax return is due depends on what type of business structure you operate as. We explain the tax and accounts deadlines for sole traders and limited companies below.

What is the tax return deadline for sole traders?

Sole traders submit their tax returns using Self Assessment. If you are a sole trader, then you must submit your Self Assessment tax return by 31st January after the end of the tax year the return relates to. For instance, if you need to submit a tax return for the 2019-20 tax year, you must submit this by 31st January 2021.

Watch our video about deadlines and obligations for sole traders.



What is the tax return deadline for limited companies?

Annual accounts for limited companies are due to Companies House 9 months and one day after a company’s year end. The Company Tax Return to pay Corporation Tax is due no later than one year after the company’s year end.

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Company directors must also submit Self Assessment tax returns, using the same deadlines as sole traders. Watch our video explaining the deadlines and penalties which apply to limited companies.



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