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How is the tax system for freelance translators in the UK?
Thread poster: Melina Carbajales

Melina Carbajales  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:47
English to Spanish
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Jan 4, 2009

Hello everybody!

I have been living in the UK for only 4 months now and I am starting working as a freelance translator.
I would like to know how is the tax system for freelance translators in the UK. Can anybody help?
Do we need to be registered somewhere?
Do we have to pay a fix amount of money (monthly, annually) as taxes?
Do we need a NIN to work as freelancers?

I do really appreciate your help!!

Kind regards,

Melina

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2009-01-05 14:40 GMT]


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:47
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Spanish to English
Refer to the HM Revenue & Customs website Jan 5, 2009

Please refer to the HM Revenue & Customs website for answers to your questions.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/

I suggest you ring them to register and ask for advice. I was seen by a business adviser in my own home when I moved back to the UK about 6 years ago (free) and this was extremely helpful. However, you can also register online.

You have to do a tax return once a year (deadline is 31 January) and payments are made twice a year (deadlines 31 January and 31 July). You also have to pay national insurance contributions every month.


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Melina Carbajales  Identity Verified
Spain
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Tax system in UK Jan 5, 2009

Hi Nikki!

Many thanks for your answer! I will take a look at the link you mention.

Best wishes and happy new year!

Melina


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Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Some answers Jan 6, 2009

Hi Melina,

May I ask you where do you live, becuase on the map it looks like we live in the same place.

I also have been here for four months, but I was freelancing from the day one.
http://www.proz.com/forum/money_matters/118277-double_taxation_uk_germany.html


Melina Carbajales wrote:
Do we need to be registered somewhere?

Yes, Nikki gave you already the info. I suggest you do it ASAP, becuase it takes a long time to get you tax number and some companies (at least this is what happened to me) refuse to accept your invoices without it.


Do we need a NIN to work as freelancers?

Yes. This also takes quite long time, so do it asap.


If just by chance you are indeed based around Leeds and want to chat, please contact me over the profile. Let's meet and talk. I think we are in a more or less similar situation.

Best regards,
Natalia


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