I used it last year (and will again this year) - worked well, no problems
(apart from saying that I owed some tax!). You can do a bit and save it,
then do more later, then submit it when all done. And I think, although
you'd need to check, that you don't have to submit it before the end of
September if you do it online.
I think the snail mail password is actually a reasonable security feature
for such an application.
I used the Which Taxcalc software for a few years and found it quite
good when I had fairly straightforward tax affairs. Not free, but
pretty cheap and in one year it did pick up something I'd missed
making a saving that more than paid for it.
I now have a rather more complex tax situation and my accountant does
this as well as various other financial jobs for me.
To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
the 'snail mailing' of a PIN is a standard security arangement.
It is known as an 'out of band' mechanism.
i.e. if you register electronically then a non-electronic means is used to
confirm you are who you say you are (or at least live at your registered
More secure that using an email address to return your PIN.
You wouldn't want someone else filling in your tax return and telling the IR
you earn ฃ500K and please come and collect the back tax :-))
The online form works well for me.
AFAIK you will still need a PIN to electronically submit a tax return from a
third party package.
Don't believe there is any, unless you earn less than the ฃ20K allowed by
you only have to do it once though and it works for following years
I had a nightmare with it last year, spent hours online (only have 56K
dialup and have to be online to use it) and it absolutely refused to let me
submit the numbers, tried 2 different PC configurations, but their helpdesk
guys never got to the bottom of it over the phone. So I resorted to
downloading TaxCalc and it worked a charm. So I paid the ฃ15 for this years
CD willingly, it gives you a headstart too by opening last years file so you
don't have to type loads in.
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