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Being both full-time employed and self-employed is actually quite common, so the short answer is yes.
Let’s look at some situations.
You can have a full-time job but also work on the side as a freelancer.
For example: Rebecca works as a full-time developer for TaxScouts but she also writes software for her own clients via PeoplePerHour. She needs to register as self-employed and declare her untaxed income.
While Rebecca is paid her salary through PAYE thanks to her employer, the income she makes on the side is untaxed income and needs to be declared to HMRC so they can let her know how much tax she owes.
Her next steps:
|Income tax for salary||Your employer|
|Income tax for self-employment profits (minus claimable expenses)||You|
|Class 1 National Insurance contributions||Your employer|
|Class 2 and 4 National Insurance contributions||You|
An umbrella company is a business that acts as an employer to freelancers. Instead of you getting paid directly, your umbrella company pays your salary via PAYE.
How would it work, you ask?
Check with your umbrella company on how the process works. They should be paying taxes from your salary to HMRC on your behalf, like any other employer would.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to know whether you’re an employee or a subcontractor. However, it usually is stated in the contract when you start working.
If you’re still unsure, you can figure out if you’re an employee by:
Remember, if you’re not an employee that means you’ll have untaxed income you’ll need to declare to HMRC, through a Self Assessment tax return.
In this case you’re actually both an owner (shareholder) and employee of your own company (director). Therefore, you wouldn’t be considered self-employed.
You’ll need to:
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