April 3rd, 2013

3 Universal Tax Credit shocks for the self employed

The introduction of Universal Credits, which are being phased in from April 2013, will see some huge changes for the self employed who are making claims.

In order to demonstrate a business is viable claimants must attend a ‘Gateway Interview’. Jokes about Dragons Den have already been cracked….

There will also be an assumption that the business earns a minimum of 35 hours at the National Minimum Wage – to encourage people to make a success of their business. For start-ups this won’t apply for 12 months.

The final big issue is that a claim showing income and expenditure on a cash basis must be made every month between 7 and 14 days from the end of the month – or benefits will stop. For many small businesses the prospect of reporting monthly accounts will simply be too much trouble. The cynical may say this is the intention. It is certainly a huge shift from reporting annual figures 10 months after the year end. Self employed folk will really need to be on top of their figures. We’d suggest an online booking system like Xero.

If you aren’t currently claiming Tax Credits it might be worth registering before 5 April 2013 to delay the point when Universal Credits will apply to you.

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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