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Top Tips UK for Self-Assessment 2024

NOTE: The following information is applicable to UK taxpayers.

For self-employed electricians and plumbers, the end of January isn’t just another winter deadline—it's the time to conquer your annual self-assessment tax return. While the prospect of diving into financial paperwork may not be the most thrilling, staying organised throughout the year can make the process smoother than ever. In this post, we'll explore valuable tips to help you prepare for the 2024 deadline on 31st January. 


Stay Organised All Year Round 

One of the keys to a stress-free self-assessment process is maintaining organised records throughout the year. Keep track of your income, expenses, receipts, and invoices. Digitising your documents and storing them securely is a great way to ensure nothing gets misplaced. This not only saves time during tax season but also provides a clearer financial picture for your trades business. 

Set Aside Dedicated Time for Financial Admin 

Running a trades business demands attention to various tasks, but neglecting financial admin can lead to chaos during tax season. Allocate specific times each week or month to update your financial records, ensuring accuracy and consistency. By consistently managing your finances, you'll have a better grasp of your business's financial health and be better prepared for the self-assessment deadline. 

Understand Deductible Expenses 

As a self-employed tradesperson, understanding deductible expenses is crucial for maximizing your tax efficiency. Keep detailed records of business-related costs such as tools, equipment, travel expenses, and even a portion of your home office if applicable. Familiarise yourself with the latest tax regulations to ensure you're claiming all eligible deductions. 

Explore Job Management Software for Streamlined Financial Management 

Job management software is a great way to manage your digital documents in one place for a clear overview of your business finances. Fergus is specifically designed for tradespeople, offering a user-friendly platform to manage invoices and gain insights into your cash flow. With features like real-time financial reporting, Fergus simplifies your financial tasks, leaving you with more time to focus on your trade. 

Automate Invoicing and Payment Tracking 

Fergus allows you to create and send professional invoices with ease. Automate the invoicing process to save time and reduce the risk of errors. Additionally, Fergus integrates with Xero and Quickbooks, helping you to track payments, providing a clear overview of your outstanding invoices and cash flow. By staying on top of your invoicing, you can ensure a steady income and minimise financial surprises at tax time. 


As a self-employed tradesperson, you can make self-assessment a breeze with strategic planning and the right tools. By adopting proactive financial habits, understanding deductible expenses, and incorporating Fergus into your business, you can streamline your financial admin and face tax season with confidence.  


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