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Mystery shopping thread 26 *please read the op first**please no client names or fees

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  • Hi everyone. Sorry for the potentially dumb question, but I've done a handful of shops this year & am wondering if I was supposed to have sent a tax return in? I did register as self employed before I started, but do have another job where I'm an employee. Any advice about whether I need to do this and the easiest way to do it would be appreciated. Thank you!


    The tax year runs from April to March, did you do any mystery shopping before April last year?
  • Cybi-Ping wrote: »
    The tax year runs from April to March, did you do any mystery shopping before April last year?

    No-I started in July 2014.

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  • LaracLarac Forumite
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    No-I started in July 2014.

    Your OK then as the self assessmt which needs to be in by midnight is April 2013 to March 2014.
  • DollardogDollardog Forumite
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    Does anyone have a link to a specific spread sheet suitable for mystery shopping please?
    Or would some one be kind enough to send a copy of theirs I could use as a template?


    TIA
  • missymousemissymouse Forumite
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    Tbh I am not earning nearly enough to pay any tax even with my main job. I will start keeping records but most jobs I end up with very little once you have bought something which is more than reimbursement etc and petrol.
  • Larac wrote: »
    Your OK then as the self assessmt which needs to be in by midnight is April 2013 to March 2014.

    Thank you! Will they send me a reminder after April, or should I look for the forms after then?

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    missymouse wrote: »
    Tbh I am not earning nearly enough to pay any tax even with my main job. I will start keeping records but most jobs I end up with very little once you have bought something which is more than reimbursement etc and petrol.

    I believe you will still need to fill in a tax return even if you are not earning enough for it to be taxable - I'm under the tax free limit but have still had to fill them in the last couple of years.
  • missymouse wrote: »
    Tbh I am not earning nearly enough to pay any tax even with my main job. I will start keeping records but most jobs I end up with very little once you have bought something which is more than reimbursement etc and petrol.

    Any extra you spend beyond the reimbursement is not tax deductible, you choose to spend that extra. For instance, I couldn't do an MF clothes shop with a reimbursement for a small item like a tie and buy a nice suit and write off the rest to tax.

    You do still need to fill in a tax return as long as you are self employed, even if you earn zero.
  • Thank you! Will they send me a reminder after April, or should I look for the forms after then?

    No forms, you fill it out online. You may get a reminder from HMRC but there is a chance you have to look after yourself.
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