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Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax payable on the supply of goods and services.   The VAT collected is then paid over to Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC, formerly the Inland Revenue).

‘Withholding tax’ is an amount held by the party making a payment to a payee, which will be paid to the taxation authorities.

Paying tax


Value Added Tax (VAT) is an indirect tax charged on many goods (including works of art) and services that VAT-registered businesses provide in the UK.

Basics of Working as an Artist


There has been a mountain of correspondence from readers who have written to me, each with a different problem.

Creative businesses

Step 7: Registration

If you have been earning money from sales or other activities outside regular employment and have not registered as self employed, then you have three calendar months to notify HMRC before you are subject to a penalty.

When to pay income tax

Oh! My Precious

One fine day composer John Casken arose to discover that he had won the first Britten Award for composition worth £10,000.

When to pay income tax

Taxation of Prizes and Grants

Booker, Whitbread, Turner, John Moores - are the winners of those prizes liable to pay income tax? What about other minor awards and prizes given by public and private donors? What about competitions,'buying time' awards, bursaries and artist in residence schemes, which are common features of the financial framework supporting artists in the UK?.

Creative businesses

Step 2: Cash strapped

Before starting the process of business start-up we need to think about money.


Material cost

How much did your materials cost?  Before you do anything else, you should consider your expenses in making the physical work and make sure to factor in covering them.

4 out of 5 artists are set to pay more tax than they need to each year.

Since the Chancellor of the Exchequer doubled the VAT rate to fifteen percent, many artists, administrators and gallery proprietors have raised queries about the tax.

When to pay income tax

'One for you, nineteen for me'

George Harrison's pre-decimalisation crie de coeur is everyone's concern, particularly at this time of the year and especially in the arts when organisations and individuals are busy making up and presenting, accounts and budgets, applying for and awaiting receipt of grants, subsidies, awards and bursaries; and drawing up returns for the taxman.