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  1. Appeals are possible but need to be made in writing within 30 days to be considered. https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/self-assessment-legal-framework/salf307 About three quarters of the way down ....this ..... Appeals against the imposition of a surcharge Section 59C(7) to (10) The taxpayer may appeal against a surcharge, but must do so within 30 days of the date on which the surcharge was imposed. In general the normal review and appeals procedures apply (see ARTG2100), but the grounds of appeal are confined to showing that the taxpayer had ‘a reasonable excuse for not paying the tax’ on time. If it appears to the tribunal that throughout the ‘period of default’ (that is the period from the due date to the day before that on which the tax was paid) the taxpayer had a reasonable excuse for not paying the tax then the surcharge will be set aside. But if there was no reasonable excuse the imposition of the surcharge will be confirmed. There is no formal definition of ‘reasonable excuse’, but an inability to pay the tax due shall not be regarded as a reasonable excuse. Unless you have some sort of proof that you posted your cheque instead of paying online, or some other "reasonable excuse", then you may have difficulty avoiding the 5% surcharge. Good luck.
  2. Not December. It's 31st October if you file on paper. No. You would be wise to get some professional advice to set you on the right track even if you do things yourself later on. Maybe. As your income is low you may be thinking of the NI "Small Earnings Exception" (SEE). Look here for basic advice on how NI works .... http://www.litrg.org.uk/low-income-workers/self-employed/checking-your-national-insurance-contributions-nic The SEE is under the section about Class 2 NI payments. For a refund you should write to HMRC confirming: your National Insurance number you want a refund because you had low earnings the tax year the refund is for your earnings - eg, a copy of your accounts for the tax year To have qualified for the low earnings exemption your earnings must be below £5,315 for the 2011/12 tax year or £5,595 for the 2012/13. To get a refund for the 2011/12 tax year the deadline was 31st January 2013. For the 2012/13 tax year it’s 31st January 2014. HM Revenue & Customs National Insurance Contributions Office Self Employment Services Benton Park View Newcastle upon Tyne NE98 1ZZ Self-employed helpline.......0845 915 4655 [Mon to Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm] Good luck.
  3. You simply start work and keep records of the income and expenses of your new self employment. You are required to tell the taxman that you have started. This will tell you what to do ..... http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/register-selfemp.htm At the end of each tax year (5th April) you will be required to file a Tax Return giving details of your income, expenses and self employment profits and any other tax related income & gains. Send invoices for all work you do and claim as many expenses as you can. Remember you can claim any expenses you wish so long as the are clearly for your self employment work ONLY and result in no other personal benefit to you. You need to be aware that some expenses are not allowed at all such as entertaining clients. If your income is not large then you may be able to claim some working tax credits etc. However, to qualify for working tax credits, you will need to be working more than just 10 hours a week. Information on those benefits here .... https://www.gov.uk/working-tax-credit/overview I dont know of any funds or grants for someone in your position but maybe other members here do. Don't understand. What exactly are you asking?
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