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HMRC changes self-assessment registration for those not self-employed

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced a change to the way that taxpayers who are not self-employed register for self-assessment.

Before the changes, all new self-assessment registrations for the self-employed were dealt with by a central HMRC team, while registrations for customers who were not self-employed were dealt with in local HMRC offices.

However, as from 21 September the self-assessment team is to deal with all new self-assessment registrations. The aim is to make the process quicker and easier.

In practical terms, this means that taxpayers who are not self-employed no longer have to write to their local tax office in order to get a tax return and register for self-assessment.

Instead, they can register by ringing the self-assessment helpline on 0845 900 0444