In 2022, 9,838,336 returns were filed online, which is an impressive 95.6% of the total tax returns filed. So the simple technical answer is yes, you can electronically sign a tax return. Millions already do.  Digital transformation of our tax system is well established, this includes the incorporation of the electronic signing of tax returns.

So what is a tax return?

If you haven’t completed a Self Assessment tax return before then the first step is to establish whether or not you need to file one. You can file your Self Assessment tax return online if you:

  • are self-employed
  • are not self-employed but you still send a tax return, for example because you receive income from renting out a property.

There are exceptions where it isn’t possible to file a tax return, nor then is it possible to electronically sign a tax return. To check out individual circumstances take a look on the HMRC website for guidance. You will need to register to file and electronically sign a tax return.

When is the deadline?

If you need to complete a Self Assessment return then the deadline is 31 January. Some people start their returns early and many even file them on the first day of the new tax year. Even if you leave it until the last minute, the signing and physical act of filing is straightforward.

How do I sign?

In fact, you don’t actually need to sign your tax return. It doesn’t need a ‘wet signature’, which is where you physically sign a document with a pen. Of course, you must review and declare that your information is correct. Then simply file your tax return. For more information, take a look here.

Most official documents can now be signed electronically. Have a read of our blog on signing a board resolution document electronically for more information.

How can I sign my tax return digitally?

This is really simple, follow this link, create an account, and then upload your PDF tax return. You will then be able to follow the steps to quickly digitally sign your tax return. It only takes a couple of minutes – if that!