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Offsetting own labour as 'allowable expenses' when accounting

I'm a web developer. When I buy a Mac I put it down as an allowable expense and receive a tax break on it. When I buy business cards, they go down as an advertising cost. My broadband is an 'office ...
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Client threatening legal action constantly

I have a client who is constantly threatening legal action against me even though I don't think I have done much wrong. I have done EVERYTHING I possibly can to keep the client happy, but it is never ...
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Charity or Nonprofit Support Services - What are the possible options?

If I wish to start freelancing with the sole purpose of providing support services (in this case, IT), to Charities and Nonprofits what are the possible options under which I can provide these ...
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Claiming use of home as office allowance if the work is unpaid

Can I claim the use of home as office allowance if the work that I perform there is (currently) unpaid? I am currently working on a web project that I'm developing in my office at home. I'm spending a ...
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Am I charging my clients too much?

I recently did web development work for client in UK (I am from India). Before giving the quotation, I did detailed research about the charges for web development in the UK and for a medium-sized ...
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Post-Brexit: Am I supposed to register and charge UK VAT?

Something that has been unclear for me post-brexit. I am a sole proprietor located in the Netherlands and am providing a remote service (B2B) to a UK company. In 2020 during the brexit transition, I ...
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How close do end client work locations need to be to fall foul of the 24 month travel and subsistence rule?

I already understand the nature of the 24 month rule in regards to a single contract that lasts for more than 2 years. To recap: From the point at which you know that your contract will be longer ...
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What are the rules for Freelancing overseas with a US company but residing in the UK?

What are the rules for visas while freelancing? I am specifically asking about the UK. Typically, to stay in a country like the UK for longer then a few months, you need a work visa. This usually ...
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EU self-employed, UK client, post-Brexit, should I charge VAT?

I have a sole-proprietorship registered in Germany and provide services to my customers. I am currently in negotiations with a UK client. Now that the UK left the European Union and that deals have ...
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US-based freelancer invoicing in foreign currency, can I have my UK client pay pound sterling into a UK-based current account?

I am a US-based freelancer and need to invoice a UK client in Pound Sterling for freelance work conducted in the US. I used to live in the UK and have a UK-current account where the payment can be ...
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What to do about a possible fraudulent client and a scam in progress?

A few years ago I had an enquiry from a potential client who was an acquaintance of a friend. I had my doubts early on that he was a scammer but initially gave the benefit of the doubt, and then ...
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Paying another self employed person if we work together (UK)

Suppose I am self-employed. I join forces with another self-employed person. I can provide a service that he can't and vice versa. We produce and sell a single product. Suppose we agree to split ...
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U.S. Citizen performing contract work globally for a U.K.-based company

I am a US citizen and I have the opportunity to work for a company that is based out of the UK, but performs most of its business globally and on-site. Most of my contract work for them will be ...
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Should I add VAT to an invoice for 2 days freelance work in the UK?

I've worked for two days as a freelancer for a company in the UK. They've asked me for the invoice, but I see on the internet that UK invoices require a VAT number. I don't have a VAT number as I'm ...
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Valuing My Freelance Business

I have been a full-time sole trader in the UK for 2.5 years. I build websites for both agencies and direct clients, and over these 2.5 years I have built up a good reputation, contacts and client base ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

I was on a student visa in the UK, but now I am going back to the US and am trying to figure out if I am allowed to freelance for the company that I had interned for in the UK while living in the US.
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Can I keep my personal address private when setting up a UK Ltd company?

I'm looking to set up a Ltd company within the UK, but I'm concerned about my personal privacy in specific circumstances. It's not for dodgy reasons, I'd just rather not be "searchable" by specific ...
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Legal document/vinculation for being paid with future profits

I've been talking with a company about some improvements on their website and an app, but they don't have budget, instead they told me: We have no budget. Simply none. We have future profits we can ...
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Taking advantage of retail discounts if contracting at an educational institution

I am currently contracting at an educational establishment and wondering about the legal implications of taking advantage of the educational discounts offered by some of the larger retailers such as ...
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Company want me to invoice them through an Umbrella company, and not directly- how can I ensure I get paid?

I am an IT professional/ software developer, and have been self-employed since October last year. When I first went self-employed, I only had the one client, and was working for them full time. After ...
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UK (HMRC) Do I need to register as "self employed" if already under Self Assessment

If I'm already in Self Assessment, and become "self employed" (alongside a job - e.g. selling things on eBay) do I need to specifically register as self employed? Edited to add: the reason I'm in SA ...
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Side project as a separate Limited Company or under existing Consultancy Business - UK

I operate an IT consultancy business under the structure of UK VAT registered Limited Company. There is at least one side project of my own I would like to work on between client projects, that will ...
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Part Time Freelancing - National Insurance Exemption

I have created an app that I want to sell on the Google play store. I have created free apps before, but for selling one you need a merchant account; for that I need to register as a sole trader. I ...
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As a web developer, how much should I charge a British company?

Is there someone from Great Britain who can help me understand how much pay should I ask for as a freelance web designer in case I start offering my services in the UK? Is there a minimum amount that ...
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Income tax when working as freelancer through Upwork (UK)

I am based in the UK and thinking of doing some freelance work through Upwork alongside my main full-time job to boost my income a little. However, I'm wondering whether any income earned through a ...
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From the UK and want to freelance while living in Latin America - best way to advertise I am English but cheaper because I live in another country?

Have been searching on the internet for a bit without much luck so thought I would post my question up here (I imagine I am not the first with this though!) I'm 28 years old and have about 5 years ...
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If using Gumroad, is there still a need to become self employed in the EU?

I'm about to start selling software online and I'm planning to use gumroad for it. (it deals with the card and paypal payment, invoices and deliver of the files) I was reading the gumroad article ...
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working from UK as a freelance for company in France

I live in the UK and I work as a freelancer. I am not a Brtish citizen (but EU one), I live in London and previously I was hired by a company in the UK. Few months back I started to work for a French ...
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If I set up as self employed, will my current employer be notified of this?

I’m just in the process of setting up as a sole trader, alongside my current employment and was wondering about a few things. If I set up as self employed, will my current employer be notified of ...
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What kind of contract and where to get it from?

Where is the best place for a freelance software developer to get a contract? Is it necessary to get a lawyer or is it sufficient to buy a contract online? I am in England. How much should each ...
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Easiest ways for a US LLC to receive payments from UK clients

I currently have a UK based consulting business but I have just moved to the US. I have retained some of my UK clients so I've been looking for the most tax efficient way to manage clients in the US ...
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Tax inspection for freelancers

My question relates to law enforcement for freelancers. Are there inspections of freelance workers in the UK, that is, do HMRC agents visit freelancers’ homes to check their bookkeeping records?
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Should I remove the VAT column from my invoice?

I have a client whom I suspect is just attempting to find ways to not pay invoices due, asking me to remove and change details continually on my invoices. Today they have requested that I remove the ...
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Freelance job posts VAT

I see on job sites that many contract positions advertise a certain hourly or daily rate. Do those rates normally include the VAT? If this is country specific, I primarily interested in the UK.
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Client non-payment for client's client hosting (UK)

Context: web development for a bigcorp via an intermediary sole proprietor, specifically: I have performed contract work for a Client (A), who was doing the sales & PM, and sold it to bigcorp (B) ...
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UK freelancer living in Thailand working for UK based clients...tax?

I am a newly established UK freelance graphic designer living in Thailand for 6 months. I have several UK based clients who I am doing work for whilst here in Thailand. When it comes to declaring my ...
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Should I include gratis overtime on an invoice?

I have just completed my first freelance project with a customer, and I am now sitting down to create the invoice. In case it matters: Both me and the company are UK based, and I am acting as a ...
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What is the correct way to handle progressive billing, especially in the UK?

To clarify: for many projects I'll take an installment upfront, a second payment at a project milestone and then a final payment 30 days after completion. To date I've been supplying an invoice for ...
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Options for Pension Provision in the UK

What options are there for pension provision for the self-employed? [Specifically applying to being employed through a Limited Company in the UK.]
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Can I register as a freelancer in the UK when living abroad?

I am French and have lived in the UK for the past 4 years. I have just left my job and my house to travel in Europe and Australia and have no fixed address in the UK. As a matter of fact, I don't know ...
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How to prepare for death or incapacitation (for business)

In the event of my untimely death -- before getting the chance to retire and wind-up the Company myself -- what should I have in place to ease someone else having to do this? I'm self-employed in the ...
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UK self-employed, not VAT payee, EU client wants EU VAT number

I am a UK-based self-employed consultant, not registed for VAT An EU-based client wants EU VAT number otherwise they won't pay If I register for the number, is it just a paperwork hassle, or do I have ...
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UK VAT - Do I need to charge VAT

i am VAT registered and I need to invoice a company that is not vat registered and does not charge vat for its services. Do I need to add vat to my invoice when dealing with this company? Thanks
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Registered as a Ltd company but not traded yet; government threatening me for not filing taxes

I registered myself as a Ltd company a year ago with the UK government to ready myself for working freelance as a web developer. Since then I have been involved in other projects (mostly voluntary, ...
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Validity of a signed PDF (England)

An agency from the UK sent me an agreement as PDF with a signature in it. I wonder, is this legally enough? My field is of course still blank also. I remember a while ago somebody sent me a contract (...
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What should I know about taxes/VAT being a freelance artist?

I'm a comic artist in the UK. I earn money from my website, 3rd party merchandise sales and commissions. I've recently been commissioned to draw illustrations for an international magazine. They want ...
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If am living in the UK (and a UK citizen) and working for a company in Germany, what taxes do I need to pay?

The German employer will be paying into my UK account. I'm confused as to whether I should be paying UK or Germany income tax / national contributions, or both. Any guidance would be much appreciated.
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Choosing Uk registered address for a limited company

I created one year ago a limited company. At this time, I chose to use my personal address as my "Registered Address". Now I am thinking of changing flat, so I have to change this address and I am ...
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Can a Canadian contractor work for a UK based company? Tips / input are welcome

I'm looking into a contract in IT (specifically software development), and the work would be done out of my home in Canada for a company based in the UK. My questions are: Is this arrangement ...
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German freelancer working for a UK company, what is needed?

I'm living in Germany and registered as a Freiberufler and working (directly) for a couple of companies in here. Now I got an offer for a contract with a UK based company, do I need any extra ...