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The 10 most common online Self-Assessment issues 7th Dec 2016 Business | Tax
The deadline of the 31st January 2017 is fast approaching for filing 2015/16 Self Assessments online, thousands will probably file late and 50% will leave filing until January.

Here are 10 of the most common problems, issues and errors that come up.

1.       Not leaving enough time to register for Self-Assessment –It can take          20 working days (4 weeks) to complete the registration process, then          for online returns, allow 10 working days (21 if you are abroad) to          register because HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) posts you an          activation code.

2.      Lost Login details –Your account will be locked for 2 hours if you enter           the wrong User ID or Password 3 times. If you’ve lost both your User          ID and Password:          l     Individuals in self-assessment can request new ones (allow 7 days                    to get them by post) or sign up at www .signin.service.gov .uk/start.          l     Contact HMRC for all other online services

3.     Leaving it too late to get help – If you need help from us don’t leave it          too late.

4.      Failing to complete all the parts of the return  – For example leaving          out PAYE information.

5.      Failing to press ‘submit’ – you would be surprised how many people          complete the return and then stop without submitting or leave          submission and then forget to do it.

6.      Missing out details of your Pension Provider .

7 .      Failing to check the calculation – Most people do a rough calculation          of what they owe but fail to check the HMRC calculation only to find          out they have made a mistake.

8.     Using invalid characters such as # ‘ ” in boxes where these are not          allowed

9.      Not paying the tax they owe by 31st January.

10.    Failing to explain where estimates and provisional sums have been used.

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