Before you start up your business you need to consider the following:
1) Sole trader, partnership or company
2) Source of capital
3) Consent, permits or licence for your business
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4) You will need to register with HMRC as soon as you have commenced trading otherwise there is a penalty.
When to register
It’s best if you register with HMRC as soon as your circumstances change. The latest you should register is by 5 October after the end of the tax year for which you need a tax return. The tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next.
If, for example, you have tax to pay on rent from a property in the 2011-12 tax year, you need to let HMRC know by 5 October 2012. If you register late you may have to pay a penalty.
Click this link to find out more: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa/register.htm#4
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