What counts as a second income?
A second income could come from:
- consultancy fees, eg for providing training
- organising parties and events
- providing services like taxi driving, hairdressing or fitness training
- making and selling craft items
- buying and selling goods, eg at market stalls or car boot sales
It is quite common for people to believe that they have a ‘hobby’, when in actual fact they are trading, and should be declaring that income to HMRC. Obviously, this income could then effect your entitlement to tax credits and other benefits.
If you are party organiser for an organisation, and are earning a commission based upon your sales, this income would count as self-employed income, no matter how low it may be.
If you are on occasion buying and selling items at a car boot sale, then this could be classed as a hobby. Whereas, if you did this every weekend, then it would be deemed to be a taxable income. The key fact is how frequently you participate in the transactions, rather than the values involved.
HMRC have a ‘Second Incomes Campaign’ which gives you the chance to bring your tax affairs up to date if you’re employed and have additional income that’s not taxed.
Can I do this?
You can take this opportunity if:
- you’re an employee
- you’re resident in the UK
- you have additional income from working for yourself
How to get the best terms:
You need to tell HM Revenue and Customs if your additional income hasn’t been taxed through either:
- your main job
- another Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme
- Self Assessment
This is called a ‘voluntary disclosure’. To get the best possible terms you need to tell HMRC that you want to take part in the campaign.
You’ll have 4 months to calculate and pay what you owe.
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