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HMRC offering free help for small businesses on Small Business Saturday

HMRC offering free help for small businesses on Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2013 by Fanny Marshall

HMRC offering free help for small businesses on Small Business Saturday/heather small business Saturday UK-xThe UK is holding its first ever Small Business Saturday on Saturday 7th December – traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. An established event in the US, the aim is to help encourage and promote trade among smaller businesses in the UK in the run up to Christmas.

As part of this HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have set up a day of free live webinars for start-ups and small businesses on topics such as business expenses for the self-employed, VAT awareness and your responsibilities to HMRC as a company director.

The webinars are an hour long and will be running throughout the day. Business are being encouraged to take part by pre-registering on the HMRC website and submitting questions in advance to be answered on the day.

Follow the links below to pre-register for the seminars and submit your questions.

Self-Employment and HMRC – what you need to know

10am to 11am Saturday 7 December

This session concentrates on the information sole traders or partnerships need when they start. It covers registration, National Insurance, Self Assessment and record keeping.

Register for self-employment webinar

Company Directors – your responsibilities to HMRC

12pm to 1pm Saturday 7 December

This webinar is aimed at businesses considering setting up as limited companies. It provides the basics on incorporation and registration with Companies House and HMRC. It also looks at when companies become an employer, and the timetable for paying Corporation Tax online.

Register for Company Directors webinar

Business expenses for the self-employed

2pm to 3pm Saturday 7 December

Sole traders or partnerships need to know which day-to-day expenses they are able to claim for tax relief. They also need to start keeping records of these as soon as the business starts. This webinar provides an overview of the most common expenses, including motoring costs.

Register for Business Expenses webinar

VAT Awareness

4pm to 5pm Saturday 7 December

New businesses are often worried about VAT, what it is and when they need to register. This webinar answers these questions and explains in simple terms how VAT works.

Register for VAT awareness webinar

For more information about Small Business Saturday, go to the Small Business Saturday website, visit the Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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