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PAYING TAX FOR FREELANCERS AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED EXPLAINED

PAYING TAX FOR FREELANCERS AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED EXPLAINED

Gibraltar tax calculator is here to overview the process that needs to be followed by foreigners setting up to be self-employed in Gibraltar, as self-employed workers, contractors, sole traders, or freelancers in Gibraltar. Here you can find out how and where to register and the paperwork required to do so.

Anyone legally resident in Gibraltar and wanting to become self-employed can set up as a sole trader, which is the simplest type of business structure to set up. In order to start working as a sole trader, the individual just has to register with the Employment Office and the Income Tax office.

A sole trader is taxed as an individual and pays personal income tax rates. Business income and any losses are declared on the personal tax return form.

 

What about Gibraltar tax returns?

Tax returns for sole traders (IT1P) must be submitted by 30 November following the tax year for which tax is assessed; tax payments are due on 31 January and 30 June each year of assessment. Thus, the amount paid is based upon the tax liability for the previous year of assessment.

An application form – which is the S1 form – for registration as a self-employed person must be filled in and sent to the Gibraltar Tax office. The application takes approximately five working days to be considered and processed. Following this period, the individual can register with the Employment Service. Once this has been completed, the Income Tax office sends the applicant an information pack with all the required documentation.

 

 

 

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However, if the sole trader wishes to trade with a name other than their own, personal name, they need to register the business name with Companies House. Then this name must be approved before registration. It is necessary that the name be unique and cannot be used by anyone else or any other company or business. Once the name is registered and a fee has been paid, a Certificate of Registration of a Business Name is then issued.

Also, some sole traders may require a license to begin trading in Gibraltar depending on the kind of business they are planning on operating. For example, a trade license may be required for retailers.

All in all, there are very few costs involved when setting up as a sole trader and it is not expensive to run. One of the disadvantages of setting up as a sole trader in Gibraltar is that the individual is responsible for any losses that the business may incur.

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HOW DO I REGISTER AS SELF-EMPLOYED?

To get set up as self-employed, an application form (S1) for registration as a self-employed person must be filled in and sent to the Gibraltar Tax office. However, for taxi drivers, a separate form is required for registration (S3). The application takes approximately five working days to be considered. Following this period, the individual can register with the Employment Service. Once this has been done, the Income Tax office sends the applicant an information pack with all the required documentation.

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What about Gibraltar company setup?

In Gibraltar there is no capital gains tax, wealth tax, sales tax, Estate duty, or value added tax meaning that Non-Resident companies can take advantage of several offshore regimes. Additionally, no tax is payable on dividends, on interest paid to Gibraltar resident individuals, on interest paid to non-residents, and on dividends between Gibraltar businesses.

With regards to Gibraltar tax calculator, company accounting services, every company and/or business that is registered in Gibraltar, or has assessable income in Gibraltar, is required to make a return of its income under Section 29 of the Gibraltar Income Tax Act 2010. All tax returns have to be submitted even if there is no tax liability in respect of the period. Any company that fails to comply with its statutory obligations will be liable to penalties.

Annual accounts must also be drawn up either in accordance with the international accounting standards (IAS) or in accordance with section 243 of the Gibraltar Companies Act 2014. They must give a true and fair view of the company’s assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss. Accounts need to be filed on an annual basis. If the filing requirements are not complied with before the end of the period, the company and any officer of the company commits an offence and is liable to pay a penalty.

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HOW DO I WORK OUT MY INCOME TAX RATE?

 What about Income Tax for Individuals

Whether you are self-employed, employed or are able to claim a special tax status in Gibraltar, you may be asking about the following points…

What is PAYE?
Pay (income tax) As You Earn – In Gibraltar as an employee your tax will be deducted by your employer and passed onto the Government.

Reporting changes to the Income Tax Office

If there is a change to your income or circumstances, it may affect how much income tax you have to pay. Therefore, it is very important to inform the Gibraltar tax office of any changes. By contacting their offices early, you can avoid paying too much tax or even owing tax at the end of the year.

Computation of Taxable Income

Income tax is charged for the year of assessment – that runs from 1st July in one calendar year to 30th June in the next calendar year – on the actual basis of the income for that year. The taxpayer’s income, other than non-chargeable income, is the “assessable income”, and the “taxable income” is the assessable income as reduced where appropriate in the case of an individual by allowances.

What is the standard Rate of Tax?

The standard rate of tax for individuals is 20%.

What does audit and assurance do?

To clarify, an audit is a systematic review and assessment of information or documents. And assurance is a professional service with the aim of improving the quality and transparency of information, to reduce the chance of problems occurring from incorrect information. An audit is a type of assurance service and Gibraltar tax calculator can help you.

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