Self employed sole trader
Self employed or sole trader is the simplest way to start your business. No preregistration is required. You need to notify HM Revenue & Customs and we can get things set up for tax purposes. We can advise and register you for VAT. Please see VAT voluntary or compulsory registration .
If you are in construction, please see The Construction industry. We can register you for the Construction Industry Scheme CIS if applicable.
You need to file an annual tax return and this will normally need to include income from before you started as a self employed sole trader.
All taxpayers are subject to the tax inspection and enquiry process. Good bookkeeping and records are the first method of self-protection.
Self employed bookkeeping advice
Do I need a limited company?
If you are considering registering a limited company please see Do I need a limited company?.