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If you have started working for yourself, then you need to register as self-employed with HMRC to pay tax.
The good news:
If you haven’t registered as self-employed before, then follow these step-by-step instructions:
You can also do this using the SA1 form: you can download it on HMRC’s website, fill it in, and send it by post. Bear in mind, this method takes additional time to reach HMRC.
🚨 You will need to register by 5th October. 🚨
The process is similar, but instead you will use the online CWF1 form.
Just use the same 10-digit unique taxpayer reference (UTR) number and HMRC login as last time.
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). Construction workers who aren’t registered for CIS will pay 30% tax instead of 20%.
There are some cases when employed people will also have to register as self-employed.
For example: If you’re employed but also have taxable income from self-employment, you’ll still need to register as self-employed. Although your employed wages are taxed through PAYE, you’ll still need to report this income on your tax return.
If you’re employed but earn over £100,000 a year from your job, you will also need to register for Self Assessment and file a tax return.
Now you’ve successfully registered for Self Assessment, make sure you:
🚨 When registering for self-employment, you’re automatically enrolled into what is known as Payment on Accounts.
If you’re not quite sure how this works or why your first tax payment was 50% larger than expected, you can read more about this here or take a look below! 🚨For more details about how, when and why you need to register with HMRC as self-employed, check out our list of frequently asked questions and answers.
You will need to tell HMRC – here is how you do it. HMRC will still expect you to file a tax return otherwise.
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