Rolling Events and Deadlines Calendar for Business in Carlisle Time to See an Accountant and Time to Get that UTR ! Warning: if you need to submit a tax return by January 31st 2018, then the first thing you need is a Unique Taxpayer Reference, and you are going nowhere without one. Click on the link for more details. Late Night Shopping in Carlisle starts on Thursday November 23rd 2017 and continues each Thursday until December 21st. Accountants are fairly busy in December, given the deadline at the end of January. Many companies have March 31st year ends and their accounts need to be submitted to Companies House by December 31st. In the last posting dates which we will give below, we hint at the fact that the Royal Mail slows down before Christmas, and you are asked to bear this in mind if anything urgent needs to be sent to your accountant. If there are delays caused by bad weather or strikes, then neither Companies House nor HM Revenue & Customs will accept this as an excuse. Wednesday December 13th 2017 is the last posting date for airmail sent to most destinations in Europe. Allow extra time for Eastern Europe. Thursday December 14th 2017 is the last posting date for airmail sent to the USA and Canada. Allow extra time for the Far West and Hawaii. Wednesday December 20th 2017 is the last posting date for second class mail in the UK (but perhaps you might allow a bit longer for a letter sent from Carlisle to the Western Isles, or send it first class). Thursday December 21st is the last posting date for first class mail. If you have a lot of Christmas cards to post, then second class post sent a couple of days earlier is more reliable than first class post sent at the last minute. Christmas weather forecasts start to be useful with about five days to go. Many accountants in Carlisle will close at lunchtime on Friday 22nd December after making sure all forthcoming deadlines have been dealt with. Monday December 25th 2017 – Christmas Day Tuesday December 26th 2017 – St Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day Most accountants in Carlisle will be shut over Christmas. David Porthouse & Co will check e-mails from Wednesday 27th onwards and do any urgent work. We will also deal with anything which requires an online submission to keep the wheels turning. Other accountants are able to check their e-mails by remote access so they can also deal with anything urgent. Monday January 1st 2018 – New Year’s Day Tuesday January 2nd 2018 is a Bank Holiday in Scotland, but not in England. David Porthouse & Co reopens for business. Get a UTR as soon as possible! If you are newly self-employed, or you know that you need to do a tax return, then you need a Unique Taxpayer Reference as soon as possible in order to file your tax return. This is a ten digit number in a format like 12345 67890. If you don’t have a UTR, then see an accountant immediately. We can give you a form SA361 and a BX5 5BD envelope so you can pay by cheque before the 31st January deadline using your National Insurance number as the only reference, but we advise that it would be much much better to have a UTR appearing on the form if you want to do this. Friday January 19th 2018 – UTR Campaign We will always apply online for a Unique Taxpayer Reference as soon as possible, but from today we will advise our clients to telephone the Revenue with the Acknowledgement Reference and their National Insurance number and see if they can get the UTR over the phone as quickly as possible. We will then verify it at once on our software. The penultimate weekend in January is a working weekend as far as preparing and submitting income tax returns is concerned. Wednesday January 24th 2018 – SA361 Campaign E-mail SA Payments Advices to clients where necessary and advise them to send a cheque by post. This is for clients with no UTR or who do not wish to make an electronic payment. We will use the official SA361-style form where possible, but we keep our own spreadsheet-based version ready as a backup, and we print our own BX5 5BD envelopes. The client may print off two copies of the Advice, one to send with the cheque and one to staple to the free Certificate of Posting that can be obtained at any Post Office. If the arrival of the UTR is imminent, we may advise our clients to make an electronic payment at their bank branch instead after a discussion. Thursday January 25th 2018 – Carlisle Skills Fair At the Sands Centre from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Thursday January 25th 2018 – Burns Night Friday January 26th 2018 – Electronic Payment Campaign E-mail Electronic Payment Advices to clients where necessary and advise them to make the payment at once, regardless of the status of their tax return. This is for clients who are able to make electronic payments and now have a UTR. The last weekend in January is a working weekend as far as submitting tax returns is concerned. Wednesday January 31st 2018 – Tax Deadline for Sole Traders and Partnerships This is the deadline for electronic submission of income tax returns for the year ended 5th April 2017 under Self Assessment. Also the deadline for the first payment on account of income tax for the 2017/18 tax year, and the balancing payment for the 2016/17 tax year, which are usually paid together. The Revenue’s computer system may be running slow today. A Structured Deadline Sole traders and partnerships who pay tax under Self Assessment need to submit their tax return by January 31st if this is done electronically. If this deadline is missed, then the trader or each partner will be fined 100 pounds. There is another deadline on March 2nd (30 days later) to pay the tax due, and if this is missed, then there will be an additional penalty of 5% of the tax that is due on top of any interest charged for late payment. If you are near or beyond the January deadline, you should still get a move on and submit your accounts and tax return as quickly as possible because there is still something to play for. If we prepare your accounts, then we will do it using the latest technology for the sake of speed. February and March can be quiet months for accountants. We keep ourselves occupied by starting work on the accounts at the same time as we do the VAT returns, which our software allows us to do without doing the same job twice. This takes pressure off the busy period in December and January. Monday February 5th 2018 Assuming that the dust has settled a bit on Self Assessment, we will look online to see who has paid their tax, especially if we are asked to do this. If a client has paid with form SA361 and no UTR then we may need to contact the Revenue to get their payment allocated properly. We will check this later. Our office is closed on Friday February 9th 2018 The second weekend in February will be a long weekend for us. It is nowhere near any deadlines. Tuesday February 13th 2018 – Shrove Tuesday Pancakes are traditional today. A carnival day in many countries. Ash Wednesday February 14th 2018 – Start of Lent Wednesday February 14th 2018 – St Valentine’s Day We will be looking at the Revenue website over the next few days to see who is at risk of a 5% surcharge on income tax unpaid as at March 2nd 2018. Thursday March 8th to Sunday March 11th 2018 – Crufts Dog Show National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Our office is closed on Friday March 9th 2018 The second weekend in March will be a long weekend for us. It is nowhere near any deadlines. Sunday March 11th 2018 – Mothers’ Day Carlin Sunday March 18th 2018 Carlin or carling peas are traditionally consumed today. The Boat Race is contested today. Sunday March 25th 2018 – Palm Sunday – clocks go forward, so get up earlier, but lighter nights from now on Friday March 30th 2018 – Good Friday David Porthouse & Co will check e-mails on Saturday March 31st. Easter Sunday April 1st 2018 Easter Monday April 2nd 2018 – Bank Holiday in England Thursday April 5th 2018 is the end of the income tax year. Deadline for putting money into 2017/18 Individual Savings Account, or for a company to declare a dividend within the 2017/18 tax year, or for some other tax-related actions. Friday April 6th 2018 is the earliest date on which it is sensible to submit a tax return for the year ended yesterday, for example if you expect a tax refund. Our fast all-electronic accounts preparation system can help you to make the claim in good time. Saturday April 7th 2018 The Grand National is contested today. Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd 2018 – FA Cup Semi-Finals Monday April 23rd 2018 – St George’s Day Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th 2018 – Pirelli International Rally Monday May 7th 2018- Bank Holiday in both England and Scotland Whit Sunday May 20th 2018 Saturday May 26th 2018 – FA Cup Final Monday May 28th 2018 – Bank Holiday in both England and Scotland End of May 2018 About now is the deadline for a new student loan application if you want funds through by the start of term. Thursday May 31st 2018 P60s should have been distributed to employees by this date. Saturday June 2nd 2018 – The Derby – Epsom Downs Thursday June 7th to Wednesday June 13th 2018 – Appleby Horse Fair Saturday June 16th 2018 – Trooping the Colour Saturday June 16th 2018 – Cumberland Show at East Park, Brisco, Carlisle CA4 0RB. This is a new venue. End of June 2018 About now is the deadline for a continuing student loan application if you want funds through by the start of term. Look out for your tax credits renewal pack if you claim tax credits. Friday July 6th 2018 – P11Ds If you have employees who have received non-cash benefits or have been reimbursed for expenses, then today is the deadline to submit form P11D or form P9D. Friday July 13th 2018 – First Night of the Proms Thursday July 26th 2018 – Sunday July 29th 2018 – Kendal Calling Music Festival at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (near Penrith), Cumbria, CA10 3DY. Tuesday July 31st 2018 Deadline for submission of tax credits claim. Second payment on account of income tax for the 2015/16 tax year Friday August 3rd 2018 – Saturday August 25th 2018 – Edinburgh Military Tattoo Monday August 6th 2018 – Bank Holiday in Scotland Monday August 27th 2018 – Bank Holiday in England Saturday September 8th 2018 – Last Night of the Proms Friday October 5th 2018 – Deadline to advise HM Revenue & Customs of taxability If you currently do not have an accountant and do not submit an annual income tax return, but you have trading income or capital gains for the year ended April 5th 2017, then you should notify HM Revenue & Customs by this date. See an accountant if you miss this deadline. Sunday October 21st 2018 is Trafalgar Day Sunday October 28th 2018 – clocks go back, so extra hour in bed, but darker nights from now on Wednesday October 31st 2018 – Deadline for paper tax returns under Self Assessment If you wish to submit your own tax return on a paper form, then October 31st is the deadline. If your accountant does your tax return, then the deadline for electronic submission is January 31st 2019. It’s time to see an accountant if you don’t have one. Saturday November 3rd 2018 – Bonfire Night in Bitts Park, Carlisle. From 6.45 pm. Fire lit at 7.00 pm. Sunday November 11th 2018 – Remembrance Sunday in Carlisle City Centre from 10.00 am. Sunday November 18th 2018 – Christmas Lights will be switched on in Carlisle City Centre in an event between 2.00 and 5.30 pm. Friday November 30th 2018 – St Andrew’s Day is a Bank Holiday in Scotland Saturday December 8th 2018 is the last posting date for an air mail letter to Australia and New Zealand which is intended to get there by Christmas. Notes If you have an event or a local product you would like to include, then please contact us. Please mention if it is an annual event. Why does the income tax year end on April 5th? This date is the anniversary of Lady Day (The Annunciation, March 25th Old Style) in 1752 when Britain changed from the Julian Calendar (Old Style) to the Gregorian Calendar (New Style), making an adjustment of eleven days in the year of changeover. HM Revenue & Customs are believed to be still in the process of implementing this change. Dates in grey are merely provisional. Generally the dates are based upon the previous year. While every care has been taken in the compilation of this calendar, we are dependent upon third parties for the provision of information, and no responsibility will be accepted for any errors or omissions.