working for yourself

Tax for the self-employed

  • Which taxes you are likely to have to pay
  • Self-employment allowances and expenses
  • Tax returns for the self-employed
  • How payments on account work

What's in this guide

Self-employed income tax

If you're self-employed, you pay income tax on the profits you make. Find out what you need to do to calculate your income tax.

Self-employed National Insurance

Which? helps you find out what National Insurance contributions you have to make if you are self-employed, as well other taxes you may need to pay.

Paying tax self-employed

The self-employed submit a self-assessment tax return and normally make Payments on Account

Self employed capital allowances

Which? guides you through capital allowances for self-employed people, showing you how investing in your business can reduce your tax bill.

Self-employed: tax allowable expenses

If you're self-employed there are certain business expenses you can deduct from your tax bill. We explain the expenses you can and can't claim.

Tax returns and paperwork for the self-employed

Top tips and advice on how you should approach your tax returns if you're self-employed.

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