Guidance

Help and support if you’re self-employed

Get help if you’re running your own business by using videos, webinars and online courses from HMRC.

Available webinars are listed by subject and can last up to an hour.

To attend an upcoming live webinar, register and sign in at least 5 minutes before it starts.

You can ask your host questions using the on-screen text box.

Self-employment and HMRC – let’s get started

Watch YouTube videos about Self Assessment help and deadlines to find out about:

  • registering for Self Assessment
  • your self-employed tax return
  • expenses if you’re self-employed

Watch a recorded webinar about an overview of self-employment and HMRC which looks at records, business expenses and more. We will also show you the help available from HMRC.

Setting up your business

Use the online guide about setting up and running your own business to find out about:

  • choosing a structure for your business
  • telling HMRC about your self-employment
  • keeping business records
  • claiming expenses

Record keeping

Watch the recorded webinar about record keeping.

Self-assessment

How to complete your online tax return

It covers:

  • Self Assessment Online
  • how to tailor your return
  • the self-employment and employment sections
  • how to budget for your tax bill

How to complete your UK property income pages

How to pay your self-assessment tax bill

It covers:

  • how your first tax bill is calculated and when your first tax bill is payable
  • budgeting for your first bill
  • paying HMRC

Business expenses

Watch our short series of YouTube videos about expenses:

Cash basis and simplified expenses

cash basis and simplified expenses

Expenses

expenses

Allowable business expenses

Part 1: what are allowable business expenses?

Common business expenses

Part 2: common business expenses

Simplified expenses

Part 3: simplified expenses

Taxable profits

Part 4: taxable profits

Car expenses for the self employed

Watch the recorded webinar about car expenses.

To find out about:

  • using the simplified expenses method
  • calculating the actual costs method
  • leasing a car and personal contract purchases

Capital allowances

Watch a recorded webinar about capital allowances to find out how to claim tax relief when buying or improving vehicles and equipment for your business.

Childminders

Use the online course about tax advice for childminders to find out about:

  • National Insurance
  • record keeping
  • what you can claim as an expense

Foster carers

Use the online course about tax for foster carers to find out about:

  • registering as self-employed
  • National Insurance and Income Tax
  • qualifying care relief

Selling alcohol

If you’re a small or medium business buying or selling alcohol you can find out if you need to apply for approval to sell alcohol to another business.

Published 11 October 2017
Last updated 25 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Recorded webinars have been added for 'self-employment and HMRC', 'record keeping', 'how to complete your online tax return', 'how to complete property income pages', 'how to pay your self-assessment tax bill', 'car expenses' and 'capital allowances'.
  2. The latest series of videos about business expenses and taxable profits have been added.
  3. A webinar for how to complete your UK property income pages has been added.
  4. The latest webinars for how to complete your online tax return and how to pay your self-assessment tax bill have been added to the page.
  5. The latest webinar for 'an overview of self-employment and HMRC' and a video on 'Cash basis and simplified expenses' have been added to the page.
  6. Self-employment and HMRC webinar added to the guidance.
  7. The webinar for Financial support if you receive benefits has been removed from this page, along with webinars about record keeping.
  8. The Selling alcohol webinar has been deleted.
  9. The webinars in the business expenses section have been replaced by YouTube videos.
  10. The online tax return section has been updated with the next live webinar for completing the Self Assessment tax return.
  11. Latest webinars for 'Setting up your business', 'Record keeping' have been added and new 'Online tax return' section added.
  12. The latest video about business expenses has been added.
  13. The latest webinar about accounting for your income and expenses, and a new video about expenses, have been added.
  14. Webinars for setting up your business, financial support if you receive benefits and childminders have been updated.
  15. Webinar links about how to pay your tax bill and childminders have been updated.
  16. The live webinar for childminders and foster carers scheduled for 5 July 2018 has been cancelled.
  17. Webinars for capital allowances, childminders, foster carers and selling alcohol have been updated.
  18. Register for the next live webinars for childminders and foster carers.
  19. The webinars have been updated.
  20. The latest webinars about setting up your business have been updated.
  21. The latest webinars for self assessment, record keeping and foster carers have been added.
  22. Webinars being run in support of Small Business Saturday will be available on 2 December 2017.
  23. First published.