Is it possible to file my own self-assessment tax return if I am a non-resident landlord? I have lived overseas for 9 years and have always had an accountant file my UK tax returns. But I'd prefer to do it myself. Thanks
You need an agent if you are to stay in the Non-Resident Landlord scheme. Otherwise FICO will have to be withheld and paid over to HMRC .The HMRC software cannot deal with Non-Residents and produces the incorrect result if you pay tax and have dividend income.
Thanks for your question. You do not have to use an accountant to file your tax return. You can file the tax return yourself. If you need to complete a non-residence supplementary page (SA109) to determine your residence status and claim UK personal allowances, you will not be able to file online using HMRC software. You can file online if you purchase 3rd party software. Please see the following link for a list of HMRC approved software providers.
You can however file a paper return. If you file a paper return, this has to be filed by 31 October 2019. If you file online, you have until 31 January 2020.
The question was whether the customer has to use an accountant to file their tax return, not whether they have to use a letting agent. No one has to use an accountant to actually file their tax return.
All customers can file their tax returns themselves and do not have to pay an accountant to do it for them.