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Support for self employed person with dyscalculia

alienpmk Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited April 2023 in Work and employment
Hello, I am looking for advice around how to manage my finances as a self employed disabled person with dyscalculia. I need someone to go through with me how much money to keep aside for tax returns, how to do them accurately etc. This is my first month/year earning enough to actually have to pay tax, NI and student loans, but I have dyscalculia and easily get overwhelmed by trying to process any of the figures,
and I am worried about getting it all wrong at the end of the year.
I have received a few quotes from accountants about their services but they cost way too much. I have applied for access to work who have said that they are not able to support at all with this.
I was wondering if any of you know of people/services/software that could support me and is not super expensive? 



  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
    There's software available if you do a google search because i had a quick search. Unfortunately, links to advertising a paid product aren't allowed here so i can't post any links.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @alienpmk. A warm welcome to Scope's forum from me. Thank you for already finding the courage to reach out to us. I always appreciate how much courage it can take to reach out, especially as you are new and finding things difficult at the moment.

    The Government also has some useful guides about self-employment, I found them particularly useful when I was considering and applying for self-employed positions. It might also be useful to use a database, such as Excel or Google sheets to keep track of your incomings and outgoings.

    Are you aware of Exceptional Individuals, which is targeted by and for neurodivergent employees? They might be able to support you further with this or at least signpost you to someone who can (with reduced fees).

    Is there anything we can do to help make this more manageable for you and less worrying that you will get it wrong at the end of the year? Please do not hesitate to let us know if there's anything else we can do to support you or if you would like to talk about any of this (including the signposts) further  :)
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  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,741 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @alienpmk and a warm welcome from me too. How's your Sunday going?

    In addition to the above suggestions, I wanted to signpost you to the charity TaxAid. They are specialists in this area and offer advice around issues the HMRC are unable to help with.

    Please let us know how you get on, and wishing you well with your business in the future.
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