Introduction to the tax system
This section contains a set of useful introductory guides designed to help you with your tax planning. For advice on procedures such as filing your tax returns, or a list of those all-important tax rates and deadlines, visit the guides of your choice.
An overview of how the tax system operates, including self assessment, corporation tax, inheritance tax and the taxation of earnings from self-employment for sole traders, partners and partnerships.
If you start working for yourself, you must register with HMRC within the first 3 months of self-employment in order to avoid a penalty for failure notification.
There are special tax rules affecting the construction industry, which are designed to ensure that tax is paid by workers in the sector whether they are employed or self-employed.
The use of mileage rates is an optional alternative to keeping detailed records of actual expenditure.
Tax planning is the legal process of arranging your affairs to minimise a tax liability. Tax planning is a core component of our services.
Very few expenses are tax-deductible from earnings from employment, though a number of settled tax cases have confirmed that the scope is wider than previously thought.
It is a fundamental part of the self assessment system that responsibility lies with you, the taxpayer, to file tax returns and pay the correct amount of tax, and before the payment deadline - you must not wait for HMRC to ask.
Domicile is the country you regard as your natural home. You can only have one domicile at any time. Your domicile can be of origin, choice or dependency. The most common type is domicile of origin.
Residence is determined by a number of factors including how many days you spend in the UK, where you work and where you have homes. A person may be resident for tax purposes in more than one country in which case their status may be determined by tax treaties between the two countries.