You are able to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction if you are self-employed and on a low income. If you pay your own income tax and national Insurance contributions you are classed as being self-employed. If you are a director of a company, then your earnings from the company will be counted as income and your share of any dividend.
In order to assess your entitlement we will need to see evidence of your income. If you have just commenced your self-employment we will ask to see a projection of what you think your earnings will be in your first three months of trading.
If you have been self-employed for some time and have your most recent audited accounts we will assess your claim based on these. If you do not have audited accounts we will ask you to provide your income and expenditure details from your own records for your most recent year's trading figures.
We can provide you with a pro-forma to assist your calculations and we may ask you to provide some receipts to support your entries on the pro forma. We will accept your own records if they are presented in a clear way which will enable your annual income to be calculated