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Self-employed and HMRC self assesment

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Self-employed and HMRC self assesment

Postby RichardJones » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:42 pm

I was self-employed until early February 2016 and claiming WTC's. I ceased trading and informed both HMRC (Tax) and HMRC (WTC) to look after a very unwell elderly relative and started claiming Careers Allowance - I stopped claiming WTC obviously beforehand . I'm now completing my final HMRC Self Assessment which is a bit arduous as its not for a full tax year.

I wasn't simultaneously self employed and claiming Careers Allowance so I'm wondering as my accounts are drawn up until Feb 2016 whether this should be declared as I was claiming a State Benefit - the Carers Allowance happened after my self employment formally ended. Is anyone aware? I'd rather not confuse the HMRC and get it right the first time.

Thank you for all advice.

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Re: Self-employed and HMRC self assesment

Postby jpcentral » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:54 am

You sound as if you are making it too complicated.

Your tax return is for a full year, even though your self employed income may only have been for a part year. One of the questions on the self employment pages of a self assessment return is, "If your business ceased after 5 April 2015 but before 6 April 2016, enter the final date of trading". This is Box 7. By completing this you are telling HMRC that you stopped receiving self employment income. This will also affect the date which goes into Box 9.
John Perry
Central Business Services

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