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I am self-employed and in the process of gathering information to prove my earnings/hours worked for the last tax year. Would really appreciate advice from someone who has experience of some/all of the following:

 

Re breakdown of hours worked per week - Do I need to provide details of hours worked every day or just a total for each week? (I am also providing a diary of my work)

Some weeks I worked over the minimum 30 hrs, sometimes less. Will this be averaged out over the month/year? Or do I need to have worked at least 30 hrs for every week?

 

Re invoices - I have invoices for most of my jobs, however some were *ahem* cash in hand and I didn't produce invoices at the time but still need to declare the hours. Would it be risky to make invoices for some of these jobs now or would I potentially be getting myself into trouble if HMRC checks them out? (NB I would have to change the invoice numbers on some of the existing invoices to fit them in)

 

Does HMRC accept electronic records?

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

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I'm sure that they look at average hours over the year and compare it to the number of hours worked you stated on your application.

Invoices dont have to have a number on but I would make sure that there is a logic to how they fit in, just a date ref will probably be best. My invoicing software automatically produces a tax point date when they are printed so just that on the top of the invoice should cover it, ie Invoice tax point ref: 240613

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Thanks for the advice - my concern is that the invoice numbers I have sent to clients will not tally up when I add in the new ones. Does HMRC check this kind of thing when they do their checks?

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