The Trading Allowance: how to do away with receipts
If you’re self-employed, you can get up to £1,000 each tax year as a tax-free allowance: this is called the Trading Allowance.
- if you earn less than £1,000 from self-employment, you don’t need to do anything: it’s completely tax-free.
- if your expenses are under £1,000, you can just claim this allowance instead: it’s bigger and you don’t need to worry about receipts.
When can I claim the Trading Allowance?
- when you’re self-employed
- if you’re a construction worker claiming your CIS tax rebate
- if you’re providing casual services: for example, if you’re babysitting or selling a few things on eBay
- or if you’re renting out items, for example power tools.
Landlords have a £1,000 similar property allowance. If you have both types of income, you’ll get a £1,000 allowance for each.
Do I need to submit a Self Assessment tax return to claim it?
- no, if your income from self-employment is under £1,000 and you don’t have another reason to file a tax return
- yes, if you earn more but want to claim this allowance.