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Setting up a new business and WTC

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Mrdarcyswife Thu 05-Nov-15 13:06:48

Hoping someone can help here!
I'm setting up as a therapist and it will obviously take time to build a client base.
Initially I am working more than 16hrs a week, setting up the business/ website etc, but there is bound to be a lull once this is done as I start to build up work. How does this work with WTC. The website says I need to work an average of 16 hrs, but over what timescale? I'm confident that i will be in a few months time, but not straight away. Also I won't be working in school holidays

Also I have had an offer of gardening/ labouring work for a family member, so I could do this to make up the hours (and will be paid), but how do I prove that's genuine work when it isn't related to the therapy work?
All help gratefully received!

TalkinPeas Thu 05-Nov-15 15:06:13

do not rely on tax credits as part of your calculation

donajimena Thu 05-Nov-15 16:56:01

Have you thought about becoming a limited company and becoming an employee?

donajimena Thu 05-Nov-15 16:57:05

Pm me if you like as I work in a similar manner

TalkinPeas Thu 05-Nov-15 16:59:08

the tax benefits of limited company only outweigh the extra compliance costs once turnover goes over around £35k

and as an employee of a close company, why pay 13.8% ERS NI when you do not have to

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