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The new year is upon us, and if you are one of the many people who have not yet filed their accounts, you have until the end of the month to find Manchester accountants with capacity left in their books to take you on as a client.

Self-assessment tax returns must be filed by January 31st to avoid incurring penalties for late filing, but it is absolutely imperative to remember that it takes time to prepare accounts, so if you have not already spoken to an accountant, make it a priority to do so.

For instance, any Manchester accountants you are working with for the first time may need permission from HMRC to act as your agent – and there can be a short delay associated with this, meaning it must not be left until the last minute.

If you already have accountants in Manchester, simply make sure they have all of the information they need and are aware that you still wish to proceed with filing your accounts for the relevant period.

The worst thing that could happen would be to discover in February that you never clearly instructed your accountants to act – so make the most of the time remaining in this current month to double check that everything is in order before the deadline.