The demise of paper tax returns
More than 12 million taxpayers file self-assessment tax returns, but less than 3% do so using a paper return. Given this low demand, HMRC is reviewing the current paper filing service.
HMRC stopped sending out paper tax returns three years ago, with any taxpayer wishing to file by paper required to download a blank version of the form. That move brought a further 3% of taxpayers to the online service. HMRC has now announced that self-assessment tax returns will not be available to download for the 2022/23 tax year.