How to register as self-employed

If you started working for yourself, then you need to register as self-employed with the HMRC. It's a very simple process, and it covers both the income tax and the National Insurance contributions (NIC).

First time registering as self employed?

  1. Create a Government Gateway account.
  2. You'll receive a user ID.
  3. Log back in to the Government Gateway, select "add a tax", and then "Self Assessment".
  4. Select "Sole Trader" from the options: individual, sole trader, partnership, or trust.
  5. Enter the date you started your self-employment.
  6. Submit more details, including your National Insurance Number (here's how to get one).
  7. Describe the work you do: “security guard”, “Uber driver”, “freelance designer”, etc.
  8. Review and click "submit".
  9. You'll get a letter with your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number by post.
  10. You'll also receive another letter within 10 working days with an activation code. You’ll need this code to activate your UTR.

If you’ve sent a return before

The process is similar, but instead you will use the online CWF1 form. Just use the same UTR number and HMRC login as last time.

If you work in the construction industry (CIS)

HMRC treats subcontractors working in construction (builders, painters, carpenters, etc.) differently. Let HMRC know if you're a construction worker and register for the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

After you’ve registered as self-employed

  • Keep track of your invoices and receipts.
  • File your Self Assessment tax return by January 31st every year.
  • Make payments to HMRC twice a year: on January 31st and July 31st.
  • Pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
  • Register for VAT if you're making £85,000 from self-employment.

For more details, check out our list of frequently asked questions and answers for self-employed registering for Self Assessment.

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