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Will filling in a HMRC 'sole trader' tax return alert my employer that I'm freelancing?

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Prophet Mani, Apr 8, 2022.

  1. Prophet Mani

    Prophet Mani New Member

    Hello all,

    I work full time at a 9-5 job and my tax is of course automatically deducted from my pay via PAYE.

    In the past year I've also started doing some freelance work on the side which has bought in more than £1,000 so I'll need to fill out a sole trader tax return for HMRC.

    My question is - will filling in the latter alert my main employer that I am freelancing? Will HMRC get in touch with them or anything like that?

    I suspect my main employer will take a dim view of me freelancing and it would risk me being put in the 'not fully committed' camp, which is in fact true, as my long-term goal is to become freelance full-time. However atm the freelance is nowhere near enough to live off so I need to keep my current job. Basically, I'd much rather they didn't know.

    If anyone has any advice on this it would be much appreciated.

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  2. Catherinejames

    Catherinejames New Member

    Filing a self-assessment tax return with HMRC is a formal process, but the Revenue will not communicate with your employer to inform them you are earning other income.
  3. Lupita

    Lupita Member

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