Tax and National Insurance for freelance writers
As a freelance writer for Academic Knowledge, you'll be a self-employed person which means that you deal with your own tax affairs.
In the United Kingdom, you'll need to register as self employed with the Inland Revenue.
- You must tell your local Inland Revenue office, if you haven't already done so, that you are in business as a self-employed writer.
- You must tell your local Inland Revenue office about all income that you make from being a self-employed writer, whether this is from our company or from any other company you work for.
- Once you have told the Inland Revenue that you are in business, they will normally send you a "Self Assessment tax return" each year to enable you to declare your income. However, you have an obligation to inform the Inland Revenue about income you have made in any tax year, even if they fail to send you a tax return for that year.
- You will also have to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions. You will usually get a bill every 13 weeks in arrears, unless you choose to pay monthly by direct debit.
- As a self-employed person, you also have the option of paying other classes of national insurance contributions to preserve your rights to claim benefits in the future.
This is very general guidance as to your tax obligations – we cannot advise you specifically or individually on your tax affairs. We must, however, stress that it is your sole responsibility to declare the income you receive from working for Academic Knowledge as a self-employed freelancer.
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