Simple Assessment (PA302) is a way to pay any Income Tax that you owe that HMRC wasn’t able to take straight out of your income. You’ll only receive a Simple Assessment tax calculation if you’re not registered for Self Assessment and the best part is, you don’t have to do anything – HMRC will contact you!
If you receive a Simple Assessment and you’ve previously filed a Self Assessment, you no longer need to sort and submit a Self Assessment.
HMRC will send you a letter with your Simple Assessment tax calculation and let you know how much you tax you owe.
If you’re not sure why you owe more tax, it’s best to get in touch with HMRC. Usually, it’s tax you owed from a previous year or on your State Pension or that you owe £3,000 or more.
Your letter will contain all the information HMRC has regarding your income. It’s your job to let them know if they’re missing something so read it all and read it carefully. The information regarding your income includes:
You need to check that everything on the letter is correct and if so, you can go ahead and pay it. If not, you have 60 days to query it by phone or online. It may seem like a long time, but it’ll fly by so the sooner, the better!
Thankfully, you can pay your tax bill easily through HMRC by signing into your account. What account, you ask? Your personal tax account, of course! You can log into your personal tax account which lets you:
You can only use this service if your tax bill is tax that you owe from April 2020-2021 or April 2021-2022. If your bill is from before then, you have to use one of the following ways to pay:
All you’ll need is your Charge Reference Number when you go to pay. Don’t panic, you can find it in the letter that HMRC sent to you.
Be aware, you cannot use a personal credit card to pay your Simple Assessment tax bill. When you pay with a corporate debit or credit card, there is a non-refundable fee you have to pay. There’s no fee if you pay with your personal debit card.
In some cases you’ll receive a P800 instead of a Simple Assessment. It just depends on your case.
The tax year – also known as the fiscal year – runs from 6th April until the following 5th April.
In the UK, you must keep your tax records for at least six years from the end of the relevant tax year. Accounting software can help you to digitally store your records without taking up space in your office!