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. 

Have a question about tax? Call the helpline.

If you're an IPSE member, you have access to all the guidance required to ease the burden of tax, delivered by knowledgeable and friendly taxation experts at Markel Tax. Call the helpline for guidance around any contact from HMRC that isn't clear, tax-related questions, and UK VAT issues.

Need an accountant? Source one from the IPSE Marketplace.

IPSE highly recommends using an accountant if you're self-employed. Check out the IPSE Marketplace where you can find exclusive deals and discounts from our partners, to help save you and your business both time and money.

Watch our latest webinars on tax

IPSE hosts an extensive range of webinars throughout the year. IPSE members can access past webinar recordings, including all of our latest webinars on tax. Watch back to learn more about Making Tax Digital, Self Assessment, and more.

Being tax efficient

Being tax efficient

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.

How can I be one step ahead of my finances this year?

Integro Accounting share their top tips on the small changes you can make throughout the year to save yourself a lot of time and worry when it comes to meeting your tax return deadlines.

How to trim tax with your pension

In this blog, our friends at Penfold reveal how your pension can help you trim your tax and keep more of your hard-earned money.


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CMME will also scour the market for the best products for your situation along with the most competitive and exclusive rates on the market. They can also discuss buy-to-let renewals and discuss a new rate or product for your existing mortgage.

You may also be able to discuss using a limited company to take out a buy-to-let mortgage as a new investment this financial year.

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Self Assessment

Self Assessment

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.

Do I need to file a Self Assessment tax return and what if I’ve received a COVID-19 grant?

GoSimpleTax cover who must file a Self Assessment tax return, how to register for Self Assessment, and how to report taxable COVID-19 grants and support payments.

What expenses can I claim working from home?

Now home working has become the new norm for many of us, it is important to be aware of the expenses you might be able to claim for. From utility bills to extras for your home office, here’s a quick guide to what is allowable and how to calculate your costs.

How to claim mileage allowance when you’re self-employed

Whether to pick up supplies, drop off deliveries, see customers or make site visits to quote for jobs, each year many self-employed people rack up thousands of miles on UK roads while running their business. Here's how to claim your mileage allowance.

Is leasing a car tax-deductable when you’re a contractor, freelancer or sole trader?

This guide answers key questions regarding reporting and paying tax when you lease a vehicle for work if you’re a self-employed contractor, freelancer or sole trader.


Tax year end

Tax year end

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.

Six expert tips for a successful tax year end

With the 2021/22 tax year end coming up on 5th April, here are six tips for a successful tax year end, along with seizing any opportunities that may arise from it.

Tax year end matters – compliantly minimising your tax bill

In this blog, Chris James from JSA outlines how you can compliantly minimise your tax bill as you approach a tax year end, with varying income and expenditure.

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Contractor Wealth

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.
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“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

Making Tax Digital

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. 

A simple guide to Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital was first introduced in 2019 and is gradually becoming relevant for more and more people – self-employed and limited company contractors alike. This simple guide gives an overview of who is impacted and what it means moving forward.

Read IPSE's Timely Payment Report

This report examines the views of the self-employed in relation to the current payment timings, the proposal of more frequent payment of tax and the proposal of moving from retrospective to in-year tax. It will also assess the benefits and challenges of the current system and how freelancers envisage the proposed reforms will affect their self-employed businesses.

Webinar: Making Tax Digital – the real life implications

In this webinar, Lucy Cohen from Mazuma shares: how to keep digital records, what HMRC will accept under the new MTD rules, and any penalties for non-compliance.


Where next?

Looking for more support?

IPSE Community

Reach out to the IPSE Community for support

Being part of the UK’s largest community of freelancers and self-employed professionals means you have access to a group of likeminded individuals who can provide you with support and advice based on their own experiences. 

There are loads of ways to interact with other members and freelancers - join our LinkedIn and Facebook groups, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and join in at the Community Forum.

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