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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 £1000 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 £12,500 per year. Check out the 2020/21 Income Tax rates:

IncomeTax rate
Up to £12,5000%Personal allowance
£12,501 to £50,00020%Basic rate
£50,000 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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Let us sort your Self Assessment online. £119, all in.

That’s right. No matter how complicated it gets or why you need to do a return in the first place, it’ll cost £119 to get it done. That includes VAT, last-minute changes and all the support you may need.

How it works

Answer a few simple questions

And we mean a few. After a couple of minutes of answering questions online we’ll have everything we need to start working on your tax return.

Then get paired with a tax accountant

That’s right, you’ll be matched with a real accountant who is best suited to prepare your return. Plus, they’re on hand for questions whenever you need.

We file your Self Assessment for you

Once you’ve signed off your return, your TaxScouts accountant will file your return online with HMRC. That’s it! We told you it was simple.