How Do I Find Out When I Registered As Self-Employed?

There are two easy ways to find out when you registered as self-employed. Knowing when you registered is crucial to knowing what your responsibilities are and avoiding penalties.

If you want to check if someone else is self-employed? Read this guide

I’ve updated this post on 22 June 2020

1. What Are Your HMRC Responsibilities When You’re Registered as Self-Employed?

If you are registered as self-employed you are responsible for:

There are penalties for failing to file a tax return and pay your taxes.

If you are worried you have missed filing a tax return because you are not sure when you registered as self-employed, then check when you registered in one of these 2 ways:

2. Check Your Paperwork to Find Out When You Registered as Self-Employed

When you first registered as self-employed, HMRC will have issued you a UTR number.  A UTR number is a 10 Digit code posted to you in a letter. 

This letter confirms you successfully registered as self-employed, so will give an indication of when you first registered.

3. Call HMRC to Find Out When You Registered as Self-Employed

HMRC will have a record of when you registered as self-employed. You can call them on 0300 200 3310 and you’ll need to have your UTR number ready to get through security. 

4. How to Check Whether You Need to File a Tax Return

Once you find out when you registered as self-employed, then next thing to do is to double-check whether you need to file a tax return. The easiest way to check is to login into your .GOV gateway account which you would have set up when you registered as self-employed. Once logged in, your dashboard will tell you which self-assessment tax returns you need to file and when they are due.

About Anita Forrest

Anita Forrest is a Chartered Accountant, spreadsheet geek, money nerd and creator of www.goselfemployed.co - a website full of templates, guides and resources for UK sole traders. No faff. No confusion. Just simple straightforward advice on business registration, taxes and bookkeeping.