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Last edited 24 Jan 2021
A financial year – sometimes called the tax period, accounting period, fiscal year or budget year – is the period of time, usually 12 months, that is used for accounting purposes and for the submission of taxes to the Inland Revenue.
For some businesses, it is preferable for their financial year to run from April 1 to March 31 the following year – a full 365 (or 366 days if a leap year). This aligns with the government’s fiscal year. However, for personal tax purposes, the year runs from April 6 to April 5 – a period which reflects the old ecclesiastical calendar.
Firms and individuals are free to choose an accounting period that is convenient to them, as long as they have informed the Inland Revenue. Operating a financial year that accords with the calendar year – January 1 to Dec 31 is preferable for some. Many large organisations in the UK use the calendar year as their accounting period, whereas for universities it typically ends during the summer to align with the close of the academic year.
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