How to Start and Register a Business in the UK

How to Start and Register a Business in the UK

What you need to do to start a business in the UK, depends on your structure of business. Most businesses register as a sole trader, private limited company or partnership. Sole traders If you’re a sole trader, you run your own business as an individual and you’re self-employed. You can keep all your business profit after you’ve paid tax on it. You’re personally responsible for any losses your business makes. You must also follow certain rules on running and naming your business. Your responsibilities It’s simpler to start as a sole trader. You’ll need to: keep records of your business sales and expenses, send a Self Assessment tax return every […]

Book: Self-Employment UK Tax Guide 2017

Book: Self-Employment UK Tax Guide 2017

This free (and highly detailed) book, written by Diana Hurta, is for people who run a business or planning to start own business in the United Kingdom as a self-employed. You will find answers to these questions:   What does it mean to be self-employed. What are your responsibilities. When do you need to file your tax return. What and how much tax do you need to pay. What records do you need to keep. What expenses you can claim. How to keep tidy records.   Also you will get GIFTS!   Download  our FREE ebook in PDF format by subscribing to our email list using the quick form below. […]

Tax Year 2017/18 and 10 Changes You Need To Know

Tax Year 2017/18 and 10 Changes You Need To Know

The start of the new tax year in UK brings a raft of tax changes that you simply can’t afford to ignore as they all come into force in the coming months. We have provided some of 10 key changes and the proposed implementation dates. 1. The Personal Allowance will rise from April 2017 The Personal Allowance is the amount of income you can earn before you start paying income tax. It’s currently £11,000 this year, and will rise to £11,500 in 2017-18. The point at which you pay the higher rate of income tax will increase from £43,000 this year, to £45,000 in 2017-18. 2. The National Living Wage […]

National Insurance: What am I paying for?

National Insurance: What am I paying for?

National Insurance (NI) in the United Kingdom is a system of contributions paid by workers and employers to qualify for certain benefits. The national insurance scheme is administered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). National insurance numbers A national insurance number (NINO) is a number unique to you which is used to keep track of your national insurance contributions and the benefits which you are paid. The number is made up of two letters, six numbers and one letter, for example, AB 123456 C. You must not let anyone else use your number. National Insurance Contributions classes and rates NI Class Who pays How to pay NI rate (2016-17 tax […]

Working Tax Credit – Extra money for people in work on a low income in UK

Working Tax Credit – Extra money for people in work on a low income in UK

Working Tax Credit (WTC) is a state benefit in the United Kingdom paid by HMRC to support people who are working and on a low income. It does not matter whether you are an employee or self-employed. In addition, people may also be entitled to Child Tax Credit (CTC) if they are responsible for any children. The basic amount of WTC is up to £1,960 a year – could get more (or less) depending on circumstances and income. Do not miss opportunity to top up your income. Who can get You can get WTC if you or your partner are working enough hours a week and your income is low […]

Tax: How you can spot and protect yourself from scammers

Tax: How you can spot and protect yourself from scammers

Tax scam   In this time of the year thousands of taxpayers have been targeted by fraudsters trying to use fake emails or text messages, that they look like come from HMRC, to access people’s online tax records.   People receiving emails or text messages are told that they are due a tax refund / rebate but direct them to a fake website that ask to enter login details, bank details, reply to text messages, download attachments.   It can be difficult to tell the difference between a genuine offer and a tax refund scam email or text message, so here are some tips to help you.   How you […]

Self-Employed Expenses: How to reduce a tax bill

Self-Employed Expenses: How to reduce a tax bill

If you’re self-employed, your business will have various running costs and expenses. You can take these costs away from your business income to work out the taxable profit. Claim all business expenses and capital allowances and you can reduce your taxable profit. Self-employed: Allowable expenses   Office costs: stationery and postage; phone, mobile, internet, email and fax bills; printing, printer ink, cartridges and other small office equipment costs; computer software; rent, business and waters rates, utility bills and insurance costs. Travel costs: vehicle insurance, repairs and servicing, fuel, parking, hire charges, vehicle licence fees, membership, breakdown cover; train, bus, air and taxi fares; hotel room costs and meals on overnight […]

Tax Return: Who needs to complete

Tax Return: Who needs to complete

The tax year in UK is from 6 April to 5 April the following year. Self Assessment is a system HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses to collect Income Tax. Tax is usually deducted automatically from wages, pensions and savings. People and businesses with other income must report it in a tax return. Who must send a tax return You’ll need to send a tax return if, in the last tax year:   you were self-employed even though the tax due may in fact be ‘nil’ you were a company director you got dividends from shares you had income from abroad that you needed to pay tax on you lived […]

10 Changes from April 2016 which may affect you

10 Changes from April 2016 which may affect you

1. The National Minimum Wage will be increased to £7.20 per hour for those 25 or over. 2. The Personal Tax Allowance, the amount you can earn before paying income tax, will be increased from £10,600 to £11,000. 3. The Higher Rate Threshold will increase from £42,385 to £43,000. 4. The Employment Allowance will increase from £2,000 to £3,000. 5. To make it cheaper to employ young people, from April 2016 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) for all but the highest earning apprentices aged under 25. 6. The new State Pension will be increased £119.30 from to £155.65 per week. 7. The income rise disregard […]