I receive non-contributory ESA and also receive payments from previous self-employment (royalties etc.), so I still have to fill out a self-assessment form.
I had completed my self-assessment form already, on which I had stated I received £5,271.97 net profit from my self-employment.
Then I received a P60U form from the DSS stating I had been paid £9427.60 in ESA for the last tax year, £6069.71 of which was taxable.
When I phoned to check this, ESA didn't really know what they were talking about, so I phoned HMRC and they said that anything over my personal allowance of £11,000 is taxable (profit + benefit).
Now, £9427.60 + £5,271.97 = £14,699.57, so if you take £11,000 from that total, then that leaves £3,699.57. Surely that should be the taxable amount of benefit? Am I missing something? I can't see where they got the £6069.71 from. Am I being a moron?
Thanks for any help.