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    Hi all, I wonder if you can help. I sent off the forms to the revenue about three weeks ago to set up as a sole trader. I haven't heard anythign back though. Does anyone know how long this usually takes?

    Many thanks
    Kerry

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    Originally posted by Planty28 View Post
    Hi all, I wonder if you can help. I sent off the forms to the revenue about three weeks ago to set up as a sole trader. I haven't heard anythign back though. Does anyone know how long this usually takes?

    Many thanks
    Kerry
    You have to remember we are talking Gov depts here, they are notoriously slooooooooow :-(

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    • #3
      I think it was at least 6 weeks before I got my NI exemption certificate through

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      • #4
        First I heard when I applied was a form asking for an insurance contribution.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
          First I heard when I applied was a form asking for an insurance contribution.

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          That's pretty much the way of it! I didn't get any special letter, just one saying that it appeared I now had to complete SA as I was self-employed. Took a while for the penny to drop!

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          • #6
            I rang them up and did it over the phone. It did take a few weeks though to get the forms to sign to say I wouldn't be making enough to pay national insurance and I got my certificate a few weeks after that.
            I have now got my self assessment forms, but they don't have to be in until Jan 2011 so still time to get my head around them!
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            • #7
              They only have to be in by Jan if you want to calculate everything yourself - if you want them to do it you need to get them in by September......!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Eiledon View Post
                I rang them up and did it over the phone. It did take a few weeks though to get the forms to sign to say I wouldn't be making enough to pay national insurance and I got my certificate a few weeks after that.
                I have now got my self assessment forms, but they don't have to be in until Jan 2011 so still time to get my head around them!
                The tax office run courses on what expenses you can claim and how to fill the tax return in, I've just been on the setting up one which was interesting and confirmed that I was on the right track. Bonus is that it they are free and you get free tead and biscuits lol. But seriously I would recommend the courses which can be found on the hrmc website, seems there had been some delays in the courses but they are trying to get as many in before the closure of some of the offices but even then they are looking at alternative venues and who better than a Tax inspector to get advice for free from.

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                • #9
                  Oooh thanks everyone, they are probably just being slow then. And thanks for the heads up on the courses Xavtia, I'll get onto the revenue's website. I've been in accounts for years (my proper but unloved job) so should know what I'm doing but it's different doing it for yourself isn't it.......... Kerry

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                  • #10
                    Yes the Tax office is slow, I am still waiting to hear back from them and it's been 6 weeks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by prem2pram View Post
                      Yes the Tax office is slow, I am still waiting to hear back from them and it's been 6 weeks.
                      Due to the changes in made in the emergency budget a lot of things are having to be changed so they are running a bit behind at the moment the lady running the course said on tues, I'm sure you'll hear something soon.

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                      • #12
                        Cool - and I'm sure they will be as patient with us come payment time - tee hee

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                        • #13
                          Do you get a notice back from them once you say your Self Employed?

                          I just got a huge NI bill, then once picking myself up from the floor I realised that they must now know I'm SE
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nicksyb View Post
                            Do you get a notice back from them once you say your Self Employed?

                            I just got a huge NI bill, then once picking myself up from the floor I realised that they must now know I'm SE
                            As has been said already, the NI bill can be the first notification you get of the fact they've processed your SE paperwork.


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                            • #15
                              My NI contribution is tiny. £2 something a week. When I had my son 2 years ago, this meant that I qualified for Maternity allowance @ £117 per week. That was a bit of a bonus!

                              Now as I am the main money earner, (last year something like £6000!) we also get loads of tax credits. DH is also self employed.

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