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Starting a business

On this page you will find links to guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company. You will also find links to additional help and support HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer new businesses.

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What you need to do when you start a business

Follow the links below to guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start a business including return filing and paying deadlines and what records you must keep.

Self-employed tax and National Insurance

Tax returns for partners and partnerships

Starting up a limited company

Getting started with VAT

PAYE for employers

Construction Industry Scheme

Record keeping

Importing and exporting goods and services

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Help and support for new businesses

Starting and running a business is challenging so HMRC provide a wide range of help and support to help you run your business including videos, emails, e-learning and online presentations.

HMRC's help and support for businesses

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When you need to send payments and tax returns

A calendar giving you all the dates of key tax deadlines in one place.

Key tax deadlines for small businesses (PDF 229K)

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More useful links

Tax Help Factsheets

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