Working out profits, losses and capital allowance
Welcome to the section of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) website that deals with ‘Working out profits, losses and capital allowances’. This section provides you with the information to let you work out your taxable profits or losses if you are self-employed.
In this section, we provide information and help to encourage you to try to prepare your own accounts and work out your tax bill.
In particular, we provide information on the following areas of taxation for the self-employed:
- can I claim for pre trade expenses?
- how do I work out my taxable profit?
- what business expenses are allowable?
- what capital allowances can I claim?
- what if I make a loss?
- what is the cash basis?
- how do I work out my profit for Universal Credit?
If you have come from abroad to work in the UK, we suggest you also visit our ‘migrants and tax section’.
If you are unhappy with the way in which you have been treated by HMRC, you may be able to make a complaint.
HMRC have e-learning packages available online for the self employed and also run regular webinars which you can join and which cover various topics such as business expenses, capital allowances etc. For more details and dates click here.
You can find out where to get help from third party organisations in our 'getting help section'.