Tax Glossary

Fiscal Year

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Last updated on:
March 17, 2024

The fiscal year, or tax year, in the UK runs from 6th April to 5th April of the following year. This period is crucial for both individuals and businesses to report income and file taxes. Specifically, the tax year influences when taxes must be paid on any income that hasn't been taxed at source, such as earnings from self-employment, rental income, or investments that fall outside of PAYE (Pay As You Earn).

To clarify, here's how the fiscal year impacts tax obligations:

  • Taxpayers are required to calculate and pay taxes on their earnings within each fiscal year.
  • The deadline for online tax returns and tax payments for a given fiscal year is 31st January of the following year.
  • For example, for income earned from 6th April 2023 to 5th April 2024 (the 2023/24 tax year), the tax bill must be settled by 31st January 2025.

It's important to differentiate the fiscal year from the financial year, which in the UK is from 1st April to 31st March. The government uses the financial year for its own budgeting and introduces new regulations and tax rules from 1st April each year.

This distinction and scheduling are historical and have practical implications for tax planning and compliance. For more insight into the origins of the UK's tax year and its implications, exploring additional resources or consulting a tax professional can be beneficial.

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