Can You Do a Paper Tax Return?

Find out whether you can do a paper tax return, when it is due for filing and where you can find a copy to send to HMRC.

Friendly Disclaimer: Whilst I am an accountant, I’m not your accountant. The information in this article is legally correct but it is for guidance and information purposes only. Everyone’s situation is different and unique so you’ll need to use your own best judgement when applying the advice that I give to your situation. If you are unsure or have a question be sure to contact a qualified professional because mistakes can result in penalties.

1. Can You Do a Paper Tax Return?

You can do a paper tax return but the filing deadline is earlier. It must be submitted by midnight 31 October instead of 31 January if you choose to file the online version. Penalties apply if you miss this deadline, starting at £100.

2. Where Can You Get a Paper Tax Return?

You can download and print a copy of the paper self-assessment tax return (SA100) from the HMRC website here. If you are unable to download and print a tax return, then you should contact HMRC just make sure you have your UTR number ready because you may need it to get through security.


Taxes are changing! From April 2024 sole traders will need to report their earnings and pay tax on a quarterly basis. This is known as Making Tax Digital, which you can read more about in this guide to help you get prepared.

About Anita Forrest

Anita Forrest is a Chartered Accountant, spreadsheet geek, money nerd and creator of - a website full of templates, guides and resources for UK sole traders. No faff. No confusion. Just simple straightforward advice on business registration, taxes and bookkeeping.