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Important dates for 2023


You are working in the tax year covering 6th April 2023 to 5th April 2024.


You should have already submitted your tax return for the tax year covering 6th April 2021 to 5th April 2022. You should now be preparing your tax return for the 2022/23 financial year (ending 5th April 2023).

TAX DEADLINE: 31 Jan 2024

The final deadline for your current tax return and any tax due is 31 Jan 2024 – this is for the 2022/23 tax year. It doesn’t cover deadlines for any payments on account. For more key dates and figures visit this page.

Small Business Basics

There are over 5 million self employed folk in the UK. Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and represent over 15% of workforce. Whether you’re a window cleaner, a plumber, a shop owner or operate an online business, you’ve taken the brave step off the corporate ladder to be your own boss.

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How to register to be self employed in the UK?

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How Much Should I Charge?

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Business Startup Checklist

Are you thinking of setting up a new small business in the UK? Want to ditch the day job and ...

Thinking of becoming self employed? From invoicing customers through to picking a business name – visit this page for your checklist of essential small business knowledge.

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