Tax Glossary

Simple Assessment,

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Last updated on:
March 17, 2024

Simple Assessment, or PA302, serves as a streamlined approach for settling any Income Tax due that wasn't automatically deducted from your earnings. This method is particularly applicable for individuals not enrolled in the Self Assessment system. The process is straightforward: HMRC will initiate contact with a tax calculation if you're in this category.

For those who have previously completed Self Assessments, receiving a Simple Assessment indicates you no longer need to navigate the usual submission process for a Self Assessment, simplifying your tax affairs considerably.

HMRC will forward a detailed letter outlining your tax obligations. It's essential to review this correspondence thoroughly to ensure all income sources and amounts owed are accurately reflected. This may encompass various income streams such as pensions, earnings, interest on savings, benefits, and more. Should you discover discrepancies, HMRC provides a 60-day window for queries, either online or via phone.

Payment Deadlines and Process

The deadline for clearing any tax via Simple Assessment is January 31st for the previous tax year's dues or within three months post the issuance of the letter if it's received post-October 31st. HMRC's digital portal allows for a straightforward payment process, offering a secure method to settle your tax bill either partially or in full using various payment methods. Key functionalities of this portal include monitoring past payments, upcoming dues, and any modifications to your Simple Assessment calculation, alongside direct communication with HMRC for any queries.

It's important to note, personal credit cards are not accepted for payment, and a fee applies for corporate card transactions, a detail absent when paying via personal debit cards.

Occasionally, you might receive a P800 form instead, depending on specific circumstances. For further information or to manage your tax obligations, visiting the HMRC website is advisable.

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