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It’s that time of year again. We just about made it past Blue Monday on January 15th — said to be the most depressing day of the year for reasons of weather, personal debt and personal motivation — but now it’s time to do the tax return…


Interestingly, ahead of the 31st January deadline, the consumers’ association “Which?” announced that 41% of Brits fear their self-assessment more than a trip to the dentist.

It doesn’t say much for dentists, but that’s something we are working on here in Stroud (especially so in the way we help nervous patients with our extensive range of dental sedation options that marks us apart from most clinics).


The data from Which? threw up some other interesting comparisons:

  • Most of us (53%) find the tax return more of a chore than cleaning the bathroom or ironing
  • But we fear it less than cleaning the oven or unblocking a drain
  • And some people (23%) even prefer it to visiting the in-laws


Missing the 31st January deadline for your online tax return will cost you at least £100, so we hope that by the time you are reading this (if you are self-employed) it’s all done and dusted.


A self-assessment tax party took place at a London club on January 23rd to help encourage stragglers with free coffee and chilled out music, but the going hasn’t been smooth, with reports of an HMRC systems crash as people who attempted to file their returns took to Twitter to express their frustration.


Meanwhile, yet another tax expert warned people not to leave it until the last minute because they risked incurring fines that aren’t their fault because of ongoing problems contacting HMRC by phone. Anyone who needs help from HMRC to file their return on time, he said, is likely to miss the deadline.


More than 10 million people in the UK submit a tax return. If you are one of them, we hope it’s done and you can take a breath and look forward to longer days, warmer weather and a bit more financial certainty. And if after your tax bill you’ve been worrying about how to pay for a treatment that’s booked in here at Confident Dental & Implant Clinic, don’t. Just ask us about our finance options including 0% and other ways to help spread the cost of the treatment you need or desire.

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Brits prefer dentists to tax returns!

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