20-07-2015 3:31 PM
Thinking of becoming a rep? Signing up to become an Independent Avon Representative and/or an Independent Avon Sales Leader is signing up to a self-employed business.
Having signed, in order to comply with the law, you must register yourself with HMRC (formerly the Inland Revenue). You can do this online at https://www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself/what-you-need-to-do or on the phone by ringing your local HMRC office.
You must also notify the offices of any income based benefits that you are receiving.
Failure to register with HMRC and/or benefits offices can result in you being fined.
Contrary to what some people believe, Avon is not 'a cash in hand job' or 'a bit of pocket money'. The earnings from it are just that, earnings, which have to be declared for tax and benefits purposes. xx
21-03-2016 1:59 PM
@rosie25, everyone should do it as soon as they sign as a rep. Every signer-upper should bring this to a new rep's attention. That they don't, whether though ignorance or deliberation is a great annoyance to a lot of us and totallt unfair on the new rep. Don't ask us why your ASM misled you....ask HER! xx
21-03-2016 3:58 PM
21-03-2016 6:40 PM
To be honest, not the best idea to give government departments false information, no. Did you tell the benefit offices 'today' as well? xx
21-03-2016 9:50 PM
Ah, if you haven't sarted with your first order then today will be fine. xx
09-05-2016 4:48 AM
15-05-2016 1:54 PM
16-05-2016 7:27 PM
Payments from your SL earnings are paid into your bank. Payments from your rep business are paid in the normal way. When you fill in your self assessment tax form you must include all earnings from self employment (no need to separate them out). So add together your *carer earnings*, your *SL earnings* and your *rep earnings minus expenses* to get your income figure. Re the benefit offices,you will have to 'guess' at a figure and update it regularly. xx
02-06-2016 12:52 AM
02-06-2016 8:55 AM
You do have to tell all parties involved - HMRC and the benefits office so it's up to you if you feel its worth your while, or not, to do Avon. If you don't tell them, then there could be consequences (fines, your benefits stopping while they investigate etc).
02-06-2016 10:20 AM
If you've been signed up since Feb then you have already covered two tax years, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Have you told none of the benefit offices? (That you have not told them is a far bigger deal than 'whether there is any point to it'. The child tax credit I am not sure about...but HB, working tax credit, council tax benefit etc are all benefits whose value has been calculated on your declared income. Having income that you've not declared is not good. So get it declared!)
I am assuming that the person who signed you up in February (SL or AM) 'neglected to mention any of this'....? I also assume that, given your circumstances, you wouldn't have taken it on had you known it could impact on your benefits.....? Which could go a long way to explaining why she 'neglected to mention it'. She has done you NO favours. Ring all the benefit offices as soon as you can. xx
02-06-2016 12:37 PM
Very good advice @goddessfatima
It may seem like a faff, but it's better to be upfront than receiving a fine etc!
MPs may get away with fraud, but people like you and I won't! (Basically fraud is a scary word, but undeclared income is fraud!) @shabanakhan2001
03-06-2016 12:11 PM
And let us know how you get on. xx
05-08-2016 5:54 AM
05-08-2016 2:35 PM - edited 05-08-2016 2:35 PM
@sniper7762 - it's not as bad as it sounds! You should register as self-employed.
05-08-2016 5:35 PM
hey i didnt get told any of this doi need an accountant or pay national insurance stamps?really worried now