It is tough, Christine, especially if you don’t keep up with it.
You can work out how to do it yourself, but it also might pay you to have a quick (and as inexpensive as you can find) chat with an accountant, who could tell you in an hour what it might take you a year to learn by yourself.
They’ll be able to give you the simplest way of keeping records (outgoings as well as incomings) and anything you can claim against the incomings.
I do all my own ‘book-keeping’ (putting things in order in files), but I send the lot to an accountant for him to fill in the return. It gives me peace of mind that there’s someone verifying my figures and, hopefully, making sure I’m ok with the tax man.
As my accounts aren’t etensive, this doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg and means I can sleep at night!
This is meant to be helpful. If it’s interfering, ignore me!!! I’m sure lots of people will tell you it’s perfectly easy to do it yourself. I just find it best for me this way.