As per the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) guidelines, you must submit a tax return if any of the following applies:
- You are self-employed
- You have untaxed income of £2,500 or more
- You have saving income of £10,000 or more before tax
- You made profits from selling assets such as shares, second home or other chargeable assets
- You are a company director
- Your income (or your partner’s) was over £50,000 or one of you claimed child benefit
- You have foreign income
- You live abroad and have a UK income
- Your income is over £100,000
- You are a trustee of a trust or registered pension scheme
Should a director submit a tax return?
It is mandatory for a company director to submit a tax return with HMRC if a return has been issued. But what about if a Self-Assessment tax return has not been issued to a director he does not have a tax liability?
As per the above HMRC guidance, you must complete a tax return if you are a company director (unless you are a director of a non-profit organization, for example a charity, and don’t receive any payments or benefits).
There is no requirement under TMA 1970 s7 for a director to register for self-assessment if there is no further tax liability for the year.
Therefore, if a director of the company has no further tax liability for a tax year AND no self-assessment tax return has been issued by HMRC, then there is no requirement for the director to file a tax return for the year in question.