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Tax? Etc for tutoring?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by RootNegative1, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. RootNegative1

    RootNegative1 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I have a secure offer for September start on a school direct course to teach secondary maths.
    I will be resignig from my current job around the start of August, or that is my plan at least.
    However reading around on here makes me wonder, maybe I could do some private maths tuition before I start my ITT course and potentially leave earlier.

    Is it as simple as just advertising yourself as a private tutor, do you need to do tax declarations and any other jazz I should consider while I ruminate on this possibility?

    Thanks for any thoughts
  2. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    So, you currently have a job that is bringing in money, but you want to give it up to tutor students, although you currently haven't even started the process of becoming a qualified teacher. Do you really think this is very fair to any prospective students you would hope to attract?
  3. doctoryes

    doctoryes Occasional commenter

    The demand for tutoring slows down after GCSE and A level exams are taken in May/June. So there would be unlikely to be enough work in July to compensate for the loss of a full-time salary.
    It isn't as simple as just advertising your services as a tutor by any means. You would need to list your qualifications in the subjects you wish to teach and any teaching experience that you have. As a parent, I would prefer a tutor with a Maths degree (and ideally some teaching experience which could include teacher training practice).
    If you have a Maths degree and are starting a PGCE, it may be appropriate to advertise yourself as a tutor from September provided that you make it clear that you are a student teacher.
    Maths GCSE is changing for exams from June 2017 and for A level from June 2018 so being trained in the new courses will in the long term be an advantage. There wouldn't be much point in tutoring pupils taking exams that will be out of date by the time you qualify though.
    You would need to register with HMRC as self employed as well and fill in an annual tax return to declare tutoring income. You would also need to check the system regarding NI contributions for the self employed.
    never_expect_anything likes this.
  4. ah3069

    ah3069 Occasional commenter

    I would recommend advertising yourself somewhere such as tutor hunt, as it is free for you, and the student has to pay for your details so you tend to get serious students. Just be honest with what your qualifications are and plans for the future to students, not making your CV look like something it is not is always a good plan. During the summer I tend to get quite a few students transitioning from primary to secondary school, and looking for a slight head start, or a few who have realised they have fallen behind in a year and need to catch up for various reasons. There isn't masses of work, but it's worth dipping your toe in the ocean.

    The busiest times for me tend to be from now until the end of June!

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  5. RootNegative1

    RootNegative1 New commenter

    If I wasn't claiming to be anything I am not, then I don't see how it could be deemed unfair.

    I am at this point only considering alternatives that might allow me to fill the time between now and September in a more enjoyable way than spending those months in a job I know I will be leaving later in the year.
  6. RootNegative1

    RootNegative1 New commenter

    Thanks for your thoughts. I was not considering tutoring as a full time thing, I have just been considering options like getting a low paid entry level job and supplementing it with tutoring to help keep up my share of mortgage repayments until September.
    Thanks in particular for that last paragraph, that is just the sort of detail I was after.
  7. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Yes, I guess that's a fair comment, if students and parents know exactly what they are getting. If you are cheap and prepared to make house calls you will almost certainly pick up some students. From the enquiries I get it's very clear that some prioritise cost, and having someone come to them, above all else.

    As for dealing with the HMRC, do be aware that they are a complete pain. They seem to have an incredible determination to avoid any efficient form of communication with taxpayers. You will find it very difficult to obtain contact email addresses, and will be kept hanging on the phone, raking up charges for a very long time, and any postal mail can take months to receive a reply.
  8. bananamoore

    bananamoore New commenter

    Also,be aware that it can take time to gain those first few students when starting from scratch, especially if you have no school teaching experience. I came from an academic (teaching at University) background and I was upfront about this when advertising on First Tutors/Tutor Hunt etc. The subject I am specialised in was not flooded with tutors in my local area, so I picked up a few students fairly quickly.

    For the tax side of things, registering with HMRC is simple and as long as you keep records on mileage, printing costs/books etc, it is dead easy to do yourself!
    never_expect_anything likes this.
  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It's actually quite simple to sort your tax out as others have said.

    HMRC are very helpful if you phone at the right time (early in the morning) and know what you need to ask.
    never_expect_anything and wanet like this.
  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Agree, not used them much, but always helpful.
  11. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Then I guess none of my times, including first thing in the morning, were right;).
  12. ceharris92

    ceharris92 New commenter

    Agreed, Ive always found the HMRC very helpful.
    wanet likes this.
  13. DonutBoy99

    DonutBoy99 New commenter

    Why not just have a mellow summer holiday? You'll be rushed off your feet soon enough when you start teaching!
  14. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    When my wife and I have had dealings with HMRC, the people to whom we have spoken have always been very helpful. What we have found frustrating is that you can get completely conflicting information and advice on the same problem from different advisers!
    wanet likes this.

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