Quick, quick get moving on filing your self assessment tax form because the deadline is Tuesday 31st January 2017. Last January 2016 some 890,000* individuals filed their return late. There’s a £100 fine for late filing. Submit your tax return on time to avoid having to pay late fines and penalties. No one wants a case of the January blues this month courtesy of HMRC.
There are two ways to get started.
The old way – no haste by post
You can choose to register your account with Government Gateway which many people have already done. The first part of your pin will be revealed online while the other part will be sent to you in the post. This could take days and even up to a whole week.
What if you have a Government Gateway but no password?
You may have used Government Gateway before but having all the access details you need to hand may not be that simple. It’s all too easy to misplace codes and passwords you rarely use.
Instead of getting dizzy trying to remember your identity code or the complicated PIN number, why not use SecureIdentity and GOV.UK Verify to create an online account.
The new way – quick as an app
If you have not created an online account to access government services, you could use SecureIdentity. With us creating an online account will only take 10 to 15 minutes – you could start your self assessment today and file before the 31st January deadline. We are one of 7 certified companies that can verify your identity through GOV.UK Verify.
All you need to get started are your main forms of identity (passport, driving licence, bank statements), your smart-phone and the SecureIdentity Simple Sign-in app. You should be able to create your account in about 10 to 15 mins by answering some questions.
Once you’re verified you can use your SecureIdentity to access other online government services too. Eventually using Verify will be the preferred method of accessing government services at GOV.UK for most people. So by using GOV.UK Verify now you’re saving yourself time later. Over time all government services will be going digital and Government Gateway will be phased out.