HMRC Advice and Guidance for the Self-Employed

HMRC Advice and Guidance for the Self-Employed

Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs on self-employment. Webinars, emails and videos if you’re self-employed.

Webinars, emails and videos if you’re self-employed

From: HM Revenue & Customs

First published: 15 December 2014

Part of: Tax and revenue

Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs on self-employment.

Emails

You can get business emails from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to help you start your business.

E-learning

Find out about online courses to help you with tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.

Webinars and videos

Live webinars last for an hour and you can ask questions throughout the presentation and get answers from your HMRC host. They’re aimed at sole traders and business partnerships. They’re not suitable for directors of limited companies.

Register and log in at least 5 minutes before a live webinar is due to start.

You don’t need to register to watch the YouTube videos.

Self-employment and HMRC: what you need to know

How to tell HMRC you’re self-employed, what National Insurance you’ll pay, how to keep records and budget for your first tax bill.

Recorded webinar in Welsh
Watch a recording of this webinar from 19 December 2013. You’ll still need to register.

Business expenses for the self-employed

What kind of business expenses you can claim, eg working from home or paying for thing you need for your business.

Watch a recording of this webinar from 14 November 2014. You’ll still need to register.

Capital allowances for the self-employed

How to claim tax relief when buying or improving things, eg vehicles or equipment that you buy to keep in your business.

Watch a recording of this webinar from 14 November 2014. You’ll still need to register.

HMRC digital services

How to access and make the most of record keeping apps and other digital support tools from HMRC.

Self-employment and your online tax return

How to register for Self Assessment Online and complete your tax return.

Record keeping for the self-employed

How to keep records, set up a records system and how long to keep records.

Simpler Income Tax: cash basis and simplified expenses

Find out what cash basis is, how it works and who can use it. The webinar also covers simplified expenses and how you can reduce your record-keeping.

Self-employed childminders and HMRC

Tax and National Insurance issues affecting self-employed childminders.

Watch a recording of this webinar from 8 November 2014. You’ll still need to register.

Foster carers and HMRC

How to use qualifying care relief, keeping records and what to put on your tax return.

Video on YouTube
Tax relief for foster carers

Shared Lives carers and HMRC

For those in Shared Lives care, eg, Adult Placement care, Kinship care, staying-put care and parent and child arrangements. How to use qualifying care relief, keeping records and what to put on your tax return.

Supported Lodgings

How to use the Rent a Room scheme and what records you need to keep.

Video on YouTube
Supported Lodgings

My first self-employed tax bill

How your tax and National Insurance bill is worked out, how to budget for it and when you need to pay HMRC.

Watch a recording of this webinar from 12 November 2014. You’ll still need to register.

Property income and HMRC

An introduction to property income, registration, record-keeping and the Rent a Room and Furnished Holiday Lettings schemes.

Watch a recording of this webinar from 19 December 2013. You’ll still need to register.

Advice and help

To watch webinars, your computer and software will need to meet minimum requirements.

Search for help if you’re having other technical problems with webinars.

For other help you can contact HMRC online.

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