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General Chat Thread, Repairing student home machines in General; Originally Posted by NickJones Originally Posted by plexer Nick: I don't think that's correct your tax allowance is used up ...
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    Re: Repairing student home machines

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    Nick: I don't think that's correct your tax allowance is used up if you allready earn over that amount in your normal job. Therefore any job on the side will be liable for tax and NI.

    http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/5.2/s...d-income.thtml

    Ben
    That's for registered businesses though - I was under the impression that below a certain value, you don't need to declare income of that nature (although taking money for giving someone a lift will invalidate your car insurance). Same goes for gifts/freebies which employers give, so long as the value is less than £x, you're okay. I think...

    And if I'm wrong, and tax should be paid, then surely the same would apply to bottles of wine, etc and we should be paying the tax on the market value of the item (as you do with company-provided private healthcare, for example)?

    I wonder if it comes down to exactly how the money/gift is determined. If they choose to give you a bottle of wine as a thank you, that's one thing, but stating "work is carried out for 2 bottles of wine per hour" is different. Don't know, thinking aloud here...
    You're correct Nick. I had a chat with a relative who's an accountant and she says that it comes under earnings from hobbies or similar. She said she thinks it's about £2000 though - not 5K.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    i think 2k is the limit for hobbies, i rememeber ebay saying they were going to charge tax on anyone who went over 2k.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Thanks HBJB and Strawberry, I was sure I wasn't making it up! Sadly though, I'm nowhere near £2k from on-the-side PC repairs :-(

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

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    I tend to get paid in gifts and most of the staff know what it is I like so that's fine by me.
    Not wishing to sound too mercenary, because I'm really not, the issue with that is the value - 2 hours work = bottle of wine = ~£3.50/hour.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Going back to op an interesting project is Simmons college in usa.

    There is great podcast at.

    http://connect.educause.edu/blog/Car...selfhelp/16726

    Basicly they ran number of selp help clinics for students and also created self help area that before students logged on to network with own laptops (in the halls etc) they had to run through.

    http://my.simmons.edu/services/techn...nfect-protect/

    Russell

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Someone earlier said they had a similar problem about staff having got hold of there personal mobile number.

    Currently the office have my number and today i had about 50 calls from them, all diverted calls from the staff, now i am getting pretty annoyed as they have freely handed my number out and anyone seems to think they can ring me whenever they like.

    What ready annoyed me, was the receptionist gave me a dirty look and said "dont you answer your phone", you can guess i was fuming and prob know what i wanted to say back to her.

    Does anyone know what i can do about this?

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Change your number and don't give it to the office and inform SLT why then tell them to provide a mobile phone for you at school. Done it here.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I think i will do that, i stopped answering them after the first 15 calls. i though they would give up calling me.

    Were you having a similar problem. what happened in your case.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Get the school to provide you with a mobile and divert that to your personal one (or vice versa) so that you don't have to carry two.

    Check the tax implications of being given a phone though - they used to be taxable assets, I know they're not any more, but I'm sure there are still some complications associated with using school mobiles for personal calls, or is that if you bill the school for calls off your mobile? I forget now, but it would be worth checking.

    Here, the receptionist and bursar have my number but are under very strict instructions not to give it out. They generally deny even having it, although on one occasion the bursar did call me on behalf of someone else, but then he did the dialling so the teacher in question never saw my number.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    I can find no reference to a threshold for "hobby" earnings if you are making money then it is taxable.

    Just because it may seem a hobby to you doesn't mean it's viewed as that by HMRC.

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    Re: Repairing student home machines

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    I can find no reference to a threshold for "hobby" earnings if you are making money then it is taxable.

    Just because it may seem a hobby to you doesn't mean it's viewed as that by HMRC.

    Ben
    I'll see if my sis in law can tell me where to find the relevant bit.

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