Self assessment guidance on the move

Date: 27/08/14

Self assessment guidance on the move

Self-employed individuals are reminded that HMRC is moving self-assessment guidance to the GOV.UK website.

The transition of the guidance started on 21 August, meaning that anyone trying to access self-assessment guidance on the HMRC website will be automatically redirected to the new page on GOV.UK

Anything that is no longer needed will be available on the National Archives site.

HMRC's existing online services - the ones individuals need to sign into, such as self- assessment, and Corporation Tax, won't change as a result of transition.  However taxpayers will now need to access them from GOV.UK.

This transition to GOV.UK is part of the Government Digital Strategy to centralise all government websites.

However while self-assessment guidance will move to GOV.UK, taxpayers need to be aware that tax returns and notes won’t be moving to GOV.UK at the same time as the self-assessment guidance goes over.  Instead taxpayers will be linked 

back to the HMRC website until they’re ready for transition over to GOV.UK.

In addition to the transition, the current HMRC branding will be dropped and there will be some changes to how the online services look.

HMRC state their aim is that the work should have no impact on the taxpayer, and they should not need to do anything but start using the guidance on GOV.UK (

The main problem may come when, or if, HMRC move over their self-assessment tax returns, and this is something that taxpayers will need to be aware of before the next self-assessment tax deadline.

For more information or help with your tax affairs, please speak with your usual contact at the office.

Alan Taylor FCCA

Author: Alan Taylor FCCA

A former pupil at Ripley St Thomas C of E High School in Lancaster, Alan joined Scott & Wilkinson directly from school in 1994 and qualified as an Accountant in 2001. Alan is the Partner with responsibility for the day-to-day...

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