We need to see your last years trading accounts for all businesses you have and a completed self-employed earnings form.
If you don’t have accounts then you need to keep an accurate record of your business income and expenses and complete a self-employed earning form.
A new business
You need to complete a self-employed earnings form giving details of what you expect the income and expenses to be for the first three months of trading.
If you are thinking of going self-employed you can access more advice and information from Directgov: Self-employment Opens in a new window.
Self-employed Earnings Form
How are self-employed earnings calculated?
We need to work out your gross average weekly income from your business. We do not allow some expenses and we will add back in any personal drawings you take from the business.
If you are a self-employed childminder, we will work out your gross self-employed earnings using one-third of your gross income.
Changes to your business
You must tell us about changes which will have an effect on the income of your business. Things like:
- A change from full-time to part-time
- The loss of a major customer
- Your business is affected by seasonal work
What earnings we use when working out your benefit
We use the gross amount you earn and take off what you pay for tax and National insurance, and 50 percent of any pension you pay.
We can also take off a set amount from your earnings every week:
- £5 if you are single
- £10 if you are a couple
- £20 if you are disabled or a carer
- £25 if you are a single parent