Can I legally practice my part time business while on mat leave+on SMP only?
As the title asks really. I am planning to start my own part time therapies business soon, I go back to work part time at the end of April and I am currently starting 3 months of SMP only. I am really skint and was wondering if I could legally start at the moment as long as I work under a certain number of hours?
I will phone the tax office and ask this, but would just be good to know before I speak to them roughly what the situation is. I have left messages with business gateway but it would seem that they don't return calls and emails.
Yes you may, and I don't believe there is a limit to hours you can work. However, bear in mind that you will have to register yourself as self employed and do an annual tax return. Your SMP is taxable and so any self employment will be taxable too.
You can start up a new business self employed while on smp. The link from the depth explains that you can. It's only if you are already self employed and claiming maternity allowance that you cannot work self employed beyond your keep in touch days .
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