SEISS Grant 3 available – but you might want to wait

This grant covers three months and, like grant 1, is based on 80% of average monthly profits calculated on sole trader profits between 2016 and 2019. Much has been made of the fact that the eligibility criteria haven’t changed. If you were helped by the first two grants you’re probably eligible for this one too.

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Posted on 30 November 2020

IR35 – new HMRC information and guidance

From April 2021 the decision on whether someone is truly working for themselves – or is simply an employee in disguise – shifts from the freelancer to the end client in some circumstances. If you run a limited company this could mean changes to the way tax is paid for some of the jobs you

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Posted on 30 October 2020

Using a visualiser as a second camera for online training – video (captioned)

This is one for anyone who’s training online. I’m demo-ing how to use a USB visualiser, and how to turn your smart phone into a visualiser on the cheap. In the video I’m using: Hue HD Pro > EpocCam HD >

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Posted on 17 July 2020

Support for theatre and the arts

First two bits of good news: The government has announced a large amount of money for the arts and theatre sector. The headline figure is £1.57bn.Investment in “cultural, arts and heritage institutions” (gov.uk) > The theatre industry has launched a new support fund for individuals working in the theatre sector. The Theatre Artists Fund >

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Posted on 06 July 2020

What’s it like to furlough yourself?

The government’s voluntary furloughing scheme for employers opened for business on Monday 20 April. Within a day the government reported 140,000 employers had logged on to reclaim money for furloughed staff. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on gov.uk > Any employer can apply to furlough employees, and that includes freelancers who run a company and take

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Posted on 23 April 2020

Sole Trader freelancers: pathways to support

If you’re worried about your finances and wondering what support may be available to you, this page suggests a number of steps to take. 1 – How long have you been a sole trader? If you are registered as a sole trader, the government calls you ‘self-employed’.

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Posted on 14 April 2020

VAT deferral for businesses

If you’re running a VAT registered business of any type, you’ll be aware that the government is allowing you to defer paying any VAT payment that was due between 20 March and 30 June 2020. Here is a link to the scheme description on gov.uk: Coronavirus VAT deferral scheme > I have a couple of

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Posted on 28 March 2020

Freelancers and the Self-employed Income Support Scheme

On 26 March 2020 the Chancellor announced his new scheme to help people who are self-employed and have no work or reduced income. On 29 May he announced a second grant, available from 17 August, modelled on the first, but at a lower rate. On 2 November 2020 he announced that a third grant would

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Posted on 26 March 2020

What’s it like when you claim Universal Credit

Sole trader Sarah Carless has been freelancing for 25 years. She’s a floor manager, so nothing daunts her! Listen to her experience of applying for Universal Credit when her work dried up because of coronavirus. (See also the important note below the video.) … … Recorded Wednesday 25 March 2020 … Of course everyone’s experience

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Posted on 25 March 2020

How HMRC could help creative freelancers

[Update: Wednesday 25 March 2020 There is an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill, proposed by the Lib Dems, which would create “statutory self-employment pay” at an average of the last three years’ net profit, OR £2917 per month, whichever is lower. The government didn’t adopt the amendment, but it shows the kind of thinking that’s

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Posted on 23 March 2020