Received a Simple Assessment? HMRC would like to talk to you

Published on 23 August 2019

HMRC would like to do some research with you if you have received a Simple Assessment.

Who receives Simple Assessments?

They are received by pensioners whose state pension is larger than their personal allowance and PAYE taxpayers who have underpaid tax and who cannot have that tax collected through their tax code. The assessments show how much tax is due for a tax year and normally the tax would be due by 31 January following the end of the tax year. You can read more about Simple Assessments in our Tax basics section.

What do HMRC want to talk about?

Because these assessments were introduced relatively recently (from 2016/17) they are interested in understanding people’s experiences, both good and bad. You are under no obligation to talk to HMRC about this if you don’t want to. It is up to you whether you contact them.

How do I contact HMRC about this?

If you have received a Simple Assessment, and you would be willing to talk to a researcher at HMRC or take part in a research session, you should join the user panel.

HMRC will then contact you to arrange a call at a time that is convenient for you. 


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