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I am planning to start a new business as a sole trader in January

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I am planning to start a new business as a sole trader in January 2015.
Will i need to submit a tax return in april 2015 after less than 4 months of trading, or will i submit a tax return for January 2015 - December 2015 in April 2016?

You will need to submit a tax return for 2014/15 but you have until 31 January 2016 to submit it to HMRC if you complete it online. If you run your first accounts to 31 December 2015, you will need to estimate your profit for 2014/15 if you haven't put your figures together by 31 January 2016.

In order to avoid the possibility of paying tax twice on some of your first year's profit, run your first accounts from your start date to 5 April 2015 and then to each subsequent 5 April.

I hope this helps but let me know if you have any further questions.
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