Each new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, and many of us find ourselves with a renewed sense of ambition and motivation. However, for many self-employed people it is also a time of year where they find themselves stressing about the upcoming Self Assessment deadline and tax year end.
Instead of juggling receipts and frantically calculating car mileage, IPSE encourages all self-employed people to be as informed as possible about their finances and create good habits throughout the year to make any tax deadlines go that much smoother. We understand that is often easier said than done, which is why we've compiled all of our tax guidance on this page so that you can find the support you need all in one place.
Every year accountants are met with the mad rush of tax return deadlines with frustrated clients who can’t find the right information. Sadly this can mean that they sometimes miss deadlines and end up having to pay the resulting penalties. The articles below will help offer guidance on how to get ahead of your accounts and the tax benefits of following these simple tips.
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More than 12m people file a Self Assessment tax return each year, which is almost a fifth of the UK population. They include people of all occupations, trades and backgrounds who work for themselves.
The start of a new year can be stressful for the self-employed, as they try to complete their tax returns and pay their taxes before the usual submission and payment deadlines of 31st January. Pulling together all of your invoices and receipts from the year can often be challenging when you would much rather be focusing on other aspects of your business. From helping you source an accountant to providing advice on how to be one step ahead of your finances, IPSE is here to make sure you have the information and support you need to ensure that filing your return is as pain-free as possible.
For queries about the paperwork, what to include and exclude, or the implications of the deadline extension, IPSE membership also provides you with free access to our Tax and Contract helpline, staffed with tax experts ready to assist you, just a phone call away.
There are a number of key dates in the tax year for freelancers and contractors. From the self-assessment deadline to your company’s annual Corporation Tax payment and even quarterly VAT returns, a tax obligation is always just around the corner if you work for yourself.
But one important event in the tax diary that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves is the tax year end. This falls on 5th April every year and is the date on which the UK personal tax year ends, with the new tax year kicking off the following day on 6th April.
Make the most of your pensions and investments by making sure you have enough income that covers the essentials. Now is the time to discuss your pension plans, what tax allowances are available to you and how you can make the most of any investment opportunities you may have as an independent professional
IPSE partners with Contractor Wealth a CMME Group company, who specialise in providing financial planning advice to independent professionals to offer their members a free initial review of their finances.
Book a Tax Year End initial free financial review to discuss:
- Placing your personal assets in the right name, ownership, and tax shelter
- Utilising investments to draw money efficiently from your business
- Ensure that you use all the tax allowances that are available to you, including ISA, Pension and Capital Gains.
“The value of investments and pensions and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested”
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the biggest overhaul of the tax filing regime in generations. From 2023 any business, sole trader or landlord with income of over £10,000 will have to file under the Making Tax Digital Rules. These rules increase the numbers of filings to HMRC from 1, to 5 per year and require tax payers to undertake Digital Record Keeping. They also do not allow tax payers to file directly via the HMRC site.
To learn more about Making Tax Digital and digital record keeping, read the blog from our friends at Mazuma and check out our latest webinar with them below.
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