It was a one off, I have been unemployed since December.
Thanks very much
Thank you very much, that puts my mind at ease a bit.
If I end up only having to complete one tax return, and not declare myself as self employed, what documents will I have to give my future employers? As I wouldn't have a P45.
Are you receiving jobseeker's allowance?
I was going to say that you would get a P45 from the Department of Work & Pensions if you are on JSA.If and when you start a new job, it will be up to your new employer to register you as a new employee with HMRC. The employer won't need a P45 but if you have one, give it to them. They will need the information about here listed under "Reporting employee information to HMRC" here. You need to make sure they do that as soon as possible so the tax office can issue a tax code to you and the employer to avoid tax problems later on.
I do have a P45 from Debenhams but as I said before that is prior to the self employed work. Would you argue it is worth signing up to JSA so that I can get a P45? Although I am hoping (touch wood) to get employed within the month. (I have been taking time off to develop my portfolio and it is now done, so I have already done a lot of applying)
A P45 is not critical now that employers have to report new employees they have taken on to HMRC online so it is almost instant. Many school leavers and those who have finished at university don't have a P45. I can't tell you whether you should sign up for JSA but if you are entitled to, you probably ought to. If nothing else, find out of you are eligible.