Am I employed, self-employed, both or neither?
Whether you are employed, self-employed, both or neither will make a difference to the amount of tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) you pay, as well as how you pay.
You need to know which of these apply to you, so that you can comply with your tax obligations and claim tax reliefs available to you. If you are an agency worker you will find it useful to read the page on Agency Workers.
There is no straightforward legal definition of what it means to be employed or self-employed – your employment status. There is information on the issues to consider if you are unsure whether you are employed or self-employed in the self-employment section of the LITRG website. We also give more information on the following topics in that same section:
- when you are likely to be employed;
- when you are likely to be self-employed;
- what to do if you are still unsure of your employment status;
- whether you can be employed and self-employed at the same time;
- whether you can be neither employed nor self-employed;
- where you can find more information.