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The Personal Tax Account service was introduced by the Government in December 2015. It is supposed to be a way to make life easier for individuals who manage their tax affairs online.
A cynic might say this avoids HMRC having to answer the phone or opening the good old fashioned post.
However, not having to spend hours on hold to HMRC is probably something most people will not miss at all.
HMRC has set out that the personal tax account can be used to do the following:
It is likely that the range of features offered as part of this service will expand over time.
If you are self-employed or otherwise filing a Self-Assessment personal tax return then you can use your personal tax account to:
Registering for your personal tax account should not take long at all.
If you do not have a Government Gateway User ID then you should obtain one through HMRC’s website.
If you have a Government Gateway User ID then you should sign in using these credentials. You will also need to have your National Insurance Number to hand.
After you have signed in using your Government Gateway ID, then you will be asked further questions to verify your identity.
Once you’ve signed up and registered then it should be possible to start managing your tax affairs using your personal tax account.
For many people, the preferred option will remain to delegate the management of their tax affairs to their tax adviser.
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