4 Tips To File Your Self Assessment In Minutes This January

When you hear the words ‘tax return’, your mind might automatically conjure the words ‘time-consuming’, ‘laborious’ and ‘stressful’. Many believe that the Self Assessment takes days and is only something a professional could do. But that’s…

5 Minute Read

Last Updated: 29th March 2022

When you hear the words ‘tax return’, your mind might automatically conjure the words ‘time-consuming’, ‘laborious’ and ‘stressful’. Many believe that the Self Assessment takes days and is only something a professional could do. But that’s not true. In fact, it can be completed in minutes – and by yourself.

Here, we give you the four tips you need to file the tax return in no time.


The figures and information can’t all be in your head – and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to remember long digits like your UTR number! This is given to you by HMRC and should be kept in a safe place. You won’t be able to complete your Self Assessment without it.

This goes for the other documentation you need too. Loose files will be difficult to locate as the tax deadline 2022 approaches, so you’ll want to keep everything in a single place – ideally digitally rather than in paper format.

You can retain all documents electronically, even those that weren’t originally provided to you in this way. Instead of scraping around for receipts in January, take and upload photos of them on the go for later reference.


Perhaps you don’t have access to the documentation that HMRC require of you because you weren’t aware it would be needed. By knowing in advance the necessary documents, you’ll be able to easily collate all your information in one place throughout the year.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be required to give information on things such as benefits and any Income Tax losses. Do your research on what you will be asked, and you can provide your answers swiftly and correctly. Additionally, take the time to understand what actually counts as an allowable expense – many fritter away precious minutes trying to claim for things that aren’t permitted.


One certain way you can waste time is to leave the tax return until the day of the Self Assessment deadline 2022. Whilst you can do it in minutes, that doesn’t mean you should. What will likely happen is that you will feel panicked and potentially submit incorrect information.

As you’ll be fighting against the clock, you might not conduct a thorough check. An inaccurate submission can be met with a penalty from HMRC, so file as soon as possible. Remember: the Self Assessment deadline in the UK is 31st January.


The best way of ensuring your tax return takes the minimum amount of time possible is to take advantage of Self Assessment software. Tools like GoSimpleTax make those who aren’t tax experts proficient. You simply enter in your information, and it works out all the sums for you – adjusting instantaneously whenever you update any figures.

You can keep all your information in a single place too, with the ability to snap expenses and upload them directly to GoSimpleTax. With our software, getting the Self Assessment filed before the tax return deadline will be easy.

Register for a free trial, or sign up for an annual subscription to benefit from the full suite of features and quickly submit the return.

Trusted by over 20,000 subscribers

You don't need to be an expert to complete your self assessment tax return.

Find Out More

Blog content is for information purposes and over time may become outdated, although we do strive to keep it current. It's written to help you understand your Tax's and is not to be relied upon as professional accounting, tax and legal advice due to differences in everyone's circumstances. For additional help please contact our support team or HMRC.

5 Excellent Reasons to Choose Us

Discover how to make tax returns a doddle...

Find out more

HMRC crackdown to target eBay, Amazon, Airbnb, Fiverr, Uber, Deliveroo and Etsy side hustle income earners

05 Dec 2023

About a quarter of UK adults are believed to have a “side hustle”, whether it’s a secondary job or side business that brings in…

How to spot a Self Assessment tax scam

30 Nov 2023

The threat of being targeted by scammers seems ever present these days. Many of us are frequently targeted, usually by bogus, fraudulent and indeed…

Can sole traders claim tax expenses for Christmas nights out and customer gifts?

09 Nov 2023

Come November and many of us start to think about Christmas. When you’re self-employed, a certain panic can arise over whether you’ll manage to…

How GoSimpleTax Works


Simply register for free with your full name and email address.

Select Your Income

Select the income you receive and follow the hints and tips for potential tax savings.

Validate Your Information

Validate your personal information and submit directly to HMRC to get confirmation in just seconds.


Work Anywhere, With Any Device

Gone are the days of fretting over a calculator surrounded by scraps of paper at the eleventh hour.

GoSimpleTax’s tax return software uses the information you upload in real time to calculate your income and expenditure, working out the tax you owe and sending you helpful notifications when there’s the possibility of a mistake.

Start your free trial

"The software is intuitive and proved very easy to navigate. I found the whole process refreshingly simple. I saved a lot of money too!"

Steve J.

Ordained Presbyter

"Easy to use and value for money. Everything you need to do your tax."

Gordon J.

Self Employed

"It fills in all the forms and sends them to the Inland Revenue. Not expensive either. Takes the stress out of doing your tax return online."

Ross G.

Team Rector

5 reasons to use GoSimpleTax >