Self employed tax

HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people
Small business

HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people

The coronavirus pandemic means the 31 July payment on account date has been postponed for six months.
31 Jul 2020
Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme
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UK Economy

Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme

By topping up a minimal salary with dividends, many owner/directors of small companies have fallen through the net when it comes to the government’s …
27 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: help for the self-employed
Small business

Coronavirus: help for the self-employed

The government has unveiled new measures for sole traders. But it is complicated – so read the small print carefully.
4 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help
Small business

Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help

Freelancers and the self-employed should check what help they may be eligible for.
27 Mar 2020
The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch
UK Economy

The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch

The chancellor’s £6.5bn bailout of the self employed is welcome. But it has hidden benefits for the taxman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2020
A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits
Self employed tax

A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020
Self-assessment: don’t miss the deadline for online tax returns
Personal finance

Self-assessment: don’t miss the deadline for online tax returns

If you are self-employed, rent out a property or earn income from savings, investments and dividends, you need to fill in a tax return. And the deadli…
13 Jan 2020

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The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet
Self employed tax

The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet

The self employed shouldn’t relax yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. One way or another, Philip Hammond will be back to tax them.
15 Mar 2017