14th March 2017
To answer the often asked question “Can I claim Benefits if I am Self Employed?”
Yes, many normal benefits can be claimed, and possibly tax credits if you qualify – the same as if you were employed, but a little bit different.
Much will depend upon your actual income – which is to say, your net profit from being self employed. Normally this is assessed from your previous tax year’s submitted accounts, but if you have recently become self employed and not yet completed a full year or tax accounts statement, some benefits will still be available if you qualify. In this case your net monthly earnings will be the basis of eligibility for claiming benefits.
There are other grounds for claiming some types of benefits for self employed, which do not need to take income into account.
The same is true if you are at present employed – or unemployed – and you are thinking of starting up as a self-employed person. The possibility of being able to claim a range of benefits which can help you with added income in the initial stages should be taken into account, especially in the first few months, or years even. There are also various grants and schemes which can help start you on your way as a self employed person.
If your partner is employed and you are thinking of becoming self employed, or the other way round, there are some benefits which are applicable.
The main criteria for assessing if you are eligible for the standard range of benefits, will include how much you earn (net profit); how old you are and also, the number of hours you work each week.
Whereas as an employed person, it is relatively easy to assess your weekly or monthly income, and also the number of hours you normally work, it can be a little more time consuming to come to agreement on your income and also the hours you normally work. In most other respects, being self employed or being employed, the rules for claiming benefits are much the same.
Benefits a Self Employed Person can Claim.
If you are unable to work – either for short or long term because of illness, disability or injury, you may be able to claim the following benefits….
March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***
March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**
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