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Tax Returns for Freelancers and Small Businesses

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 6 December 2023
  • Duration: 6 December 2023, 10am-4pm, one day
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £295.

Whether you’re new to being a freelancer, self-employed or struggle with your self-assessment tax return each year, this course will help you to understand and complete you’re your return.

This course will encourage you to gain a better understanding the tax process better and allow you time within the session to get your tax returns done!

Freelancers, small businesses, lone creatives and professionals often don’t get the chance to work with others; on this course you will get underway with your tax return in the company of others doing their returns too, with a Business Adviser present to help you with your questions.

On this course you will understand which sections of the return are relevant to you, the taxes you will need to pay, and understand the terminology used within the tax return.

This course has been created in a way that’s easy to understand, so you won’t be overwhelmed by jargon, so you will be confident in understanding and organising your tax return.

What you’ll study

What you'll study:

You’ll start by looking at all the sections included with the tax return where you’ll discuss the meaning of different sections and which ones might be relevant to you.

Looking at the design and layout of the return you’ll have time to share your experiences, complete practical exercises and talk through the tax return.

You’ll then have the opportunity to put your learning into practice and complete your tax return during the course (so bring along your laptop and information needed to complete your return).

During this course you will:

  • understand if you need to complete a tax return
  • consider what you need to prepare for the return
  • look at how much detail or evidence you will need to submit
  • look at examples of expenses that are allowed
  • understand how to log on and sign in
  • have an overview of the tax return
  • complete the checklist to tailor your return
  • fill in your return (including different sections of the return employment, self-employment and bank interest).

What will I gain?

By end of the course you will be familiar with the layout of the tax return and how to work through your tax return.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Contact hours

6 December 2023, 10am-4pm, one day

This course will also run again on the following date:

17 January 2024, 10am-4pm, one day

Tutor profile: Emma Torrance

Emma Torrance is a SFEDI qualified independent business adviser who understands the complexities of running a business including business planning & finances.

Used to being at the sharp end of retail and hospitality businesses having co-owned a café, gallery and meeting venue in Nottingham City Centre, Emma has enjoyed successes and failures and earned valuable insights and wisdom along the way.

Emma has an MBA and has been involved in supporting and mentoring other businesses for two decades, so she understands both the theory and the practical realities of running your own business.

Alongside business advice, Emma also provides one-to-one coaching, mentoring, workshops and small business retreats to freelancers, small private businesses, social enterprises, charities and business support organisations including The Big House, Nottingham Trent University and Derby University.

Working across a range of sectors including creative, music, food, IT, educative, hospitality, leisure and retail, Emma mainly works with new start and early-stage businesses.

Emma also co-runs Blue Stockings Women's Network and previously managed and ran organisations for over 20 years.

Enjoying making things practical and easy, Emma helps people understand how to run their businesses, even the bits they thought they would struggle with like the finances!

Entry requirements

You must be a sole trader, freelancer or self employed to attend this course (this course will not apply to Limited companies).

If this is your first time of doing a tax return you need to register with HMRC to complete a self-assessment tax return. Please do this registration with HMRC at least two weeks before attending this course, so that you have all the log-in codes you need before attending this course. You will also need to bring a laptop or tablet, and any associated paperwork.

You must be over the age of 18 in order to attend this course.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield. To check if your home or work postcode is eligible visit the Enterprising Ashfield postcode checker page.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

How to apply

Click to here apply

If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.