Tax Glossary

Trading Allowance

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Last updated on:
March 17, 2024

The Trading Allowance provides a helpful £1,000 tax-free buffer for individuals earning money through self-employment. This straightforward relief means if your self-employment income is below this threshold within a tax year, you're not required to declare it to HMRC, nor do you need to submit a Self Assessment tax return specifically for this income. It's a boon for those with minimal self-employment expenses, as it allows you to bypass the hassle of tracking every penny spent in pursuit of your self-employment income.

For those who find their annual self-employment income exceeds £1,000, the allowance still offers a choice: You can opt to deduct this flat rate from your income instead of tallying up actual expenses, which can be a simpler alternative if your expenses fall below this mark or if meticulous expense tracking isn't your forte.

However, it's important to note that the Trading Allowance isn't universally applicable. Specifically, it's not available to those who choose not to adopt the "Cash Basis" accounting method, though such instances are relatively uncommon. To get a full understanding of the situations that preclude you from claiming the Trading Allowance, it's advisable to consult HMRC's detailed guidance on the matter.

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