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Silent disco operator – and other TaxScouts users

  • 2 min read
  • 16 Oct 2020
Silent disco operator - and other TaxScouts users

You might not know what a silent disco operator is – and frankly, nor do we.

But we do know that we have someone earning self-employed income in this role. And they’re a loyal user of TaxScouts. 

In fact, when we looked at our most recent summary of customers, we found a lot of side gigs that surprised us. More than anything, the diversity of business descriptions was huge:

  • Electrician
  • Bricklayer
  • Karaoke host
  • GP Partner
  • Fibrous plasterer
  • Civil work
  • Dental hygienist
  • LED lighting seller
  • UX designer
  • Journalist
  • Hydrographic surveyor
  • Voiceover artist

Is silent disco operator a weird side gig?

If there’s one thing we believe, it’s that all side gigs are valid. After all, if you have to pay tax on your income from them, who’s to say that some are more valid than others? Whether you work the local silent disco or you’re a locum medic, tax works in the same way. 

When it comes to side gigs, you can earn up to £1,000 tax-free per year via the Trading Allowance. Anything above that, you pay the standard rates of Income Tax and National Insurance. 

If you’re full-time self-employed, the tax-free allowance is known as your Personal Allowance. It’s up to £12,570 per year. Check out the 2022/23 Income Tax rates:

IncomeTax rate
Up to £12,5700%Personal allowance
£12,571 to £50,27020%Basic rate
£50,271 to £150,00040%Higher rate
over £150,00045%Additional rate

Read more about Income Tax here. 

Now, back to the TaxScouts users

Here’s a cross section of all of our users, past and present. So, if you’re ever wondering, is TaxScouts for me? The answer is yes, of course.

We’re here for absolutely anyone who needs to do a tax return.

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