I am new to this so please accept my appologies if I sound a little confused.
I am registered as self employed but I am not earning and have zero income and I live at home with my parents and I an using my self employment status with HMRC to be able to voluntery pay my national insurance class 2 voluntary each year with my self assessment to go towards my state pension. I am caring full time for my brother who is disabled and he has just been awarded PIP after a long time of being disabled and this includes the daily living compenent so this would enable me to claim carers allowance as his full time carer. I am looking to end my self employment because I want to be his full time carer and I will not need to voluntary pay my class 2 national insurance on my self assessment returns because Carers Allowance pay Class 1 national insurance.
When I sign up for carers allowance I would still be registered and classed as self employed even though I am not earning any money. My question is how do I show that I have not been earning an income from my self employment status. I do not have an accountant or a business account only a standard current bank account.
I do not have any business accounts because I have not been working or earning.
I have looked on the Paper application form for carers allowance and it says do not send tax return as proof.
Would it be adviseable to end my self employment before I start my carers allowance claim or after because I would need to inform them after I have been acceptetd that I have stopped my self employment if I end it after my application and acceptance.
I have thought about ending my self employment status then applying for Carers Allowance and not back dating it to the start of his claim (November 2023) but that would mean I would miss out on alot of money that I was entitled to because I was not earning any income in that time and I was caring for him 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Also I am concerned about ending my self employment status before making a claim for Carers Allowance might affect my national insurance contrabutions.
I am a little confused what to do. I have contacted Carers Allowance and I have had zero help from them other than fill in the form and see what the descision maker thinks.
Thank you in advance