Thank you for your question and patience
If you are self-employed (even if just for part of the year) you need to register for self-assessment to enable you to file a tax return unless you are already registered and file your tax return. For freelance work covering small group supervision sessions you are deemed self-employed.
Registering is a relatively straight forward process and more information on this can be found here
Is this the only way to do it ? Can't I just report the amount of money yearly since these do not happen regularly
If you are self-employed then you would receive aforementioned income gross in most cases. You will need to file your accounts on supplementary pages SA103 – self-employment along with the main tax return on an annual basis.
how difficult is this self-assessment ?
It is not that difficult if your tax affairs are fairly straight forward. There is help and plenty of guidance notes available on theinternet.
If I will have to do this self-report thing, are therespecific expenses that I can claim to be deducted from my taxes? for example Iheard that buying a university gown can be excepted from taxes as it is forwork purposes. Also, can I claim back money that I send to my family at home(Egypt)? I am Egyptian working on a Tier 1 visa here in UK. My parents areretired and I help them from my salary here and I heard that it is possible toclaim that money back from the taxes.
You can claim expenses against the income. These expenses should be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of your business. Buying a University gown in your example would be an allowable expense.
Other allowable expenses would include
Use of home – if you have to prepare for your groupsupervision sessions working at home
Telephone and internet charges – business portion
For general guidance on what expenses are generallyallowable, please look at this link here
I am sorry to say but any monies you send to your family in Egypt is outside the scope of relief/allowance for income tax purposes.
I hope this is helpful and answers your question.
If you have any other questions, please ask me before yourate my service – I’ll be happy to respond.