Working for yourself?
Do you have a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? If so, this HMRC e-learning course is for you.
How it can help
These e-learning courses will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way.
How long does it take?
It's entirely up to you. You can work through the learning at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You don't need to do it all in one go, you can dip in and out as you need it and even come back to it at a later date.
Thinking of working for yourself This HMRC publication outlines the range of products, services, online presentations and E-learning that is available to help you understand the different aspects of starting a business.
Working for yourself - giving your business the best start with tax When you set up your own business as a self-employed sole trader or in a partnership, you need to register for Self Assessment with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). This publication sets out the right steps for this. HMRC will set up the right tax and National Insurance records for you and can help you understand what you need to know about tax and help you to get it right.
Self-employedready reckoner Use this HMRC online tool to discover whether you qualify as 'Self-Employed'. Enter your estimated profit then select whether this is weekly or monthly and click the 'Calculate' button.
Keeping records for your tax return Find out what records you need to keep for tax purposes and how long to keep them. It gives some examples of typical records you may need if you are completing a Self Assessment tax return, keeping business records, employing others or completing a Company Tax Return.
Tax and National Insurance Find out what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company.
HMRC Tax Guides
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HMRC Guide to help you understand the different aspects of starting a business