Half of self-employed worry they haven’t filled in their tax return correctly

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A survey from accounting software provider Intuit QuickBooks asked 1,010 self-employed people across the UK what they would rather do instead of file their tax return. 

Of the 11.6 million people who have to complete the self-assessment tax return: 

  • 1 in 5 people (2.4 million) said they would rather give a speech to 100 strangers 
  • 1 in 5 people (2.3 million) would rather spend a night in a haunted house 
  • 1 in 5 people (2.2 million) said they’d rather hold a tarantula for a minute 
  • 1 in 7 people (1.7 million) would rather get trapped in a lift 
  • 1 in 8 people (1.4 million) said they would rather jump out of a plane 

Other findings from the research include: 

  • 1 in 2 people (5.3 million) worry they haven’t filled in their tax return correctly 
  • 2 in 5 people (4.5 million) feel stressed about doing their tax return 
  • 1 in 4 people (2.7 million) will complete their tax return in the final two weeks 
  • Women take twice as long as men (12.3 hrs vs. 6.7 hrs) to complete their tax return 

It doesn’t have to be that scary. With QuickBooks, it’s possible to take pictures of receipts in the app. The software will then auto-categorise your expenses, and when it comes to January, allow you to submit your self-assessment without the fuss. 

Other innovative features in the QuickBooks software include automatic mileage tracking within the app, and the ability to integrate with your bank account to automatically keep track of invoices and scheduled payments. 

Shaun Shirazian, Head of Product, Europe at QuickBooks, said: “Self-employed people and small business owners have more than enough to worry about between keeping on top of their cash flow, drumming up new customers and balancing their work and private lives. Self-assessment shouldn’t be another stress to add to the list. Using software like QuickBooks, all your financial information is at your fingertips, ready to submit to HMRC at the click of a button.” 

The research, conducted by Opinium from 5-15 January 2019, also revealed young people were twice as likely as older people to submit their returns at the last minute (6% of 18-34-year-olds submit in the final 48 hours vs. 3% of those aged 55+). One in 100 people (110,000) were already planning to file their return after the 31 January deadline.