A Conversation for Ask h2g2
You can call me TC Started conversation 6 Weeks Ago
When my mother died in July 2019, my sister and I decided not to sell the house what with Brexit messing everything up, and we found a tenant to rent it as from December 2019.
The income from the rent was to be split 50/50 between us. So I have income in the UK now.
We then had to do our tax return here in Germany for the calendar year 2020. Our accountant said I would have to do the tax return in the UK first, then submit all the docs with the German tax return.
This means that I had to do the Tax return for 1/4/2019-31/3/2020 and 1/4/2020 - 31/3/2021, which would cover the calendar year 2020 in Germany. Oh - and convert it to Euros.
So I rang HMRC and they said they would allocate me a UTR (tax reference) number, which would arrive by post in about 3 weeks. 5 weeks later, it still hadn't come, so I rang again and was just given the number over the phone.
So I sat down and rolled up my sleeves, ready to start. On trying to register with the website, I was told I needed two forms of proof of identity out of a choice of three. The only one I have is a British passport. Failing that, they would send an "Activation code" by post. Should arrive in 10 days. I wasn't holding my breath, but it did actually arrive within the time.
So this morning, I sat down and rolled up my sleeves again, ready to start. Now I am told I can't do a straightforward tax return on the HMRC website because I am not a UK resident. I have to download software to do it for me. They provided a confusing list of about 20 firms who provide this service, from which I have to choose one.
I have never done a tax return in my life, and I'll be glad if I can get this sorted in time to avoid paying penalties. The deadline in Germany has been extended to 31 July. I am already too late for the 2019/2020 year in the UK and may have to pay penalty there. These delays are through no fault of my own, which makes it more frustrating.
Can anyone recommend or advise against any tax assistance company before I go for the wrong option? And any idea what this sort of service costs?
paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me Posted 6 Weeks Ago
You can call me TC Posted 5 Weeks Ago
Right, I've done it. Hope HMRC are quick to process it. How long do they usually take?
paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me Posted 5 Weeks Ago
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