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Is Job Seekers Allowance a taxable social security benefit? And thus, would it need to be declared on a Self Assessment Tax Return?

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you would need to declare the income yes ... as it will affect how much you would be taxed on the self employed income.



It is not paid at a level that would attract much, if any, tax. However, it is a taxable benefit. If a Self Assessment form is received, it will help to get the right level of tax across the whole year and would avoid the need for a reclaim of any excess tax paid whilst still working. Early completion is advisable if a refund is due. Mike



There is a box for Job Seeker's Allowance on the self-assessment tax form.