If you’re still recovering from submitting your tax return for the previous financial year and are dreading the prospect of starting the process again for 2017/18, you are not alone. It may therefore be even further down your priority list to start planning for the current tax year, 2018/19. To make the most of all your tax benefits though, it really is essential to start now.

Starting self-employment is a big step. No longer will you have the luxury of a regular salary and you will also have new responsibilities when it comes to reporting your tax affairs to HMRC. It need not be daunting though as help is available. Here in a checklist of the most important things to know for tax when starting self-employment.