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The Trading Allowance: how to do away with receipts

We've updated this guide on 15th February 2021

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.

Basically:

  • 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.

Very important to remember: if you claim the Trading Allowance, you cannot claim any other self-employment allowance (like mileage, home office, etc.) or expenses.

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?

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