Today we’re talking to Emily Coltman, Chief Accountant at FreeAgent about completing your annual self-assessment tax return. Emily has many years experience of supporting self-employed people and small businesses in their accountancy requirements, and she shares with us some of her advice, hints and tips for completing your self-assessment, including:
- What actually is self-assessment?
- What are the common pitfalls?
- Complexities of business costs and ensuring that they are genuine business costs
- What are the common tax reliefs you can claim
About Emily Coltman
Emily Coltman is a very unusual Chartered Accountant – she speaks plain English as well as accounting-speak! After graduating from the University of Cambridge, she trained and qualified with growing accountancy practice Cannon Moorcroft, where she looked after accounts and tax for a portfolio of micro-business clients. She has run her own business and is now Chief Accountant at FreeAgent, where she works with worldwide small businesses to help them use this simple online accounting system to keep their books in real time.
Emily is passionate about helping the owners of small and growing businesses to escape their fear of “the numbers”, and believes that, with the right tools and guidance absolutely anyone, even if they were hopeless at maths at school, can learn to look after the finances of a small business.