Navigating financial and tax matters when rejoining employment: Where to find advice and support

Joanne Morgan
October 4, 2023

Starting work after a period of unemployment can be both exciting and challenging. As you re-enter the workforce, you may have questions and concerns about your finances and taxes. Fortunately, in the West Midlands, there are several resources and avenues available to help you navigate these matters. In this blog post, we'll explore where to find advice and support for financial and tax matters when starting work after a period of unemployment. 

When you join us on Vocation Training’s Traffic Management Operative course, your training will include detailed information on how and when to navigate financial and tax matters.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a fantastic first stop for anyone seeking advice on financial and tax matters. They offer free, confidential, and impartial guidance on various topics, including debt management, budgeting, and tax-related issues. Find your nearest Citizens Advice branch and access their online resources to help you get started on the right financial footing.

Local Jobcentres

Jobcentres are more than just places to find employment opportunities. They can also provide information on financial support and benefits available to you as you transition from unemployment to work. Staff and Advisors at Jobcentres can guide you through the process of understanding and accessing benefits like Universal Credit, tax credits, and housing support. If you are currently claiming Universal Credit, you can make contact and ask questions in your online journal.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HMRC is the UK government's tax department, and they have resources and information readily available online. If you have questions about your tax obligations as you return to work, their website offers guidance on everything from tax codes to self-assessment. You can also contact them directly through their helpline for personalised support.

Local Financial Advisors

If your financial affairs are more complex matters, you may consider seeking the help of a local financial advisor to help you make informed decisions. They can provide tailored advice on managing your income, investments, and savings while ensuring you are tax-efficient. Look for certified professionals or firms with positive reviews and recommendations in your area, and be aware that there may well be a fee for their services.

Online communities and forums

Online forums and communities can be valuable sources of advice and support. Websites like MoneySavingExpert and Reddit's UK Personal Finance subreddit have active communities where people share their experiences and offer guidance on various financial and tax matters. While these sources can provide helpful insights, always be cautious and verify information from reputable sources.

Local support organisations

In the West Midlands, numerous organisations specialise in providing support to individuals facing financial difficulties. Look for local charities and non-profit organisations that offer services such as financial literacy workshops, debt counselling, and emergency financial assistance. These organisations can be a lifeline during challenging times. At Vocation Training, we are experienced at signposting people to these organisations.

Workplace resources

Once you've secured a job, don't hesitate to use the resources available at your workplace. Many employers offer financial wellness programs, and other support programs These resources can help you make informed decisions about your finances and taxes.

Returning to work after a period of unemployment can be a transformative experience, but it also comes with financial and tax considerations. Fortunately, if you're in the West Midlands, there are numerous sources of advice and support available to help you navigate these challenges. Whether you turn to government agencies, local organisations, or our team at Vocation Training, remember that seeking guidance is a proactive step toward securing your financial future. By tapping into these resources, you can make informed decisions and build a stable financial foundation as you embark on this new chapter in your career.

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