What is my year end date?

If you’re in business, it’s important to know your year end date. It’s the date your accounts and tax reports need to go up to every year. So you may need to do some admin such as value your stock. Also, you could take action before the year end to save or delay tax.

If you are a sole trader you probably have a year end date of 31st March or 5th April (treated as the same date by HMRC). If you have a different year end date it will say on the last set of accounts prepared. Different year end dates will need to be changed to the 31st March or 5th April in the next year or two. This will avoid complications when Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax starts in 2024.

If you have limited company you can find your year end date online here. Just search for your company and it will say in the Accounts section. The company’s year end date is automatically set to the end of the month the company was registered, plus 12 months. However, this date can be changed by extending or shortening an accounting period. A company can extend its accounting period up to 18 months, once every 5 years. It can shorten its accounting period as often as necessary.