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What should contractors pay themselves?
marketing | 16 September 2017
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Contractor pay is important to us. Many contractors work long hours and have to perform a lot of additional administration that isn’t involved in other lines of work. So it is important that the financial rewards match the burdens of the job.

Unfortunately, the tax framework for contractors is something of a minefield. Recognising the most efficient way to draw income from your contracts is far from simple.

Between umbrella contracting, dividends and IR35 legislation, it can be difficult to know the best way of doing things. We hope to clear it up in this blog post.

AUTUMN STATEMENT REVIEW

The Chancellor’s first Autumn Statement contained some pretty eye-watering sums. The estimated cost of Brexit at £58.7bn and an extra £122bn of borrowing in this parliament are two of the biggest.

There were some positive numbers though. £26bn to fund investment in housing, transport, digital technology and research and development will prove valuable to contractors in some of these industries.

Others, meanwhile, will be left counting the cost of tax increases. Here are seven of the most important points for contractors and limited company owners.

VAT doesn't have to be taxing

A lot of small business owners put off getting VAT registered because they find it daunting. But VAT doesn’t have to be taxing. The Flat Rate VAT scheme makes it easy, and it can help boost your post-tax profits too.

The Flat Rate VAT incentive is a popular choice for independent contractors, sole traders and directors of small limited companies. Read on to find out if it is right for you as well.   

How Flat Rate VAT works

The Flat Rate VAT scheme is a government incentive designed to simplify taxation and get more small businesses growing. 

Contractor Debt Problems

A large proportion of UK individuals will at some point experience debt problems. Levels of debt can easily get out of hand or changes in circumstances, such as an unexpected drop in income, can make previously affordable debts unmanageable. 

All Umbrella Companies are Equal (AUCAE) have launched a survey so that contractors can have their say on any concerns they may have about the Government’s proposed changes to tax relief on travel and subsistence that were announced in Budget 2015.

The Government has announced it may restrict tax relief on travel and expenses for some contractors where they cannot demonstrate they have control, supervision or direction of their own work. 

Tool: Check your IR35 status before April
marketing | 7 March 2017
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HMRC has launched a new tool designed to help contractors, and those that engage them, decide a worker’s IR35 status.

But with less than a month to go before a fundamental change in the way IR35 rules are applied, some experts have found cause for concern with the Employment Status Indicator tool.

A contractor’s IR35 status is all about whether the contract they are working on should be considered employed or self-employed for tax purposes. The Employment Status Service is supposed to give HMRC’s view of whether a contract is inside or outside IR35.

This will be of particular interest to limited company contractors working in the public sector because, from April, it will be the public sector organisations that decide on IR35 status instead of the individual. 

PSC register for limited companies
marketing | 16 February 2016
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A new regulation that requires companies to create a ‘Register of People with Significant Control’ (PSC register) comes into force on 6 April 2016.

The changes should not be too strenuous for companies, but it is important that they are aware and fulfil their obligations in line with the new rules.

What is a PSC register?

The PSC register forms part of the reform to UK company law that was introduced in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.  

Contractor Cloud Accounting Software

If you are a contractor or freelancer the most tax efficient way for you to work is often through your own limited company. This allows you to benefit from the incentives offered for setting-up and running your own business and hence allows you to maximise your earnings after tax.

It also enables you to develop and build your business & brand and potentially in the future employ others.

The downside of this is that there is more responsibility on you as a director of your own limited company and there are statutory requirements re maintaining financial records, preparing and submitting year-end accounts, corporation tax returns, personal tax returns, payroll and managing invoicing & payments. 

Umbrella Accountants becomes a FreeAgent Premium Partner

Umbrella Accountants are pleased to announce they have now achieved the status of FreeAgent Premium Partner.

Having moved over from their existing software supplier in mid-2014 Umbrella Accountants have migrated over 1,000 clients onto the system and have a training program in place that means 100% of their accountancy staff are FreeAgent accredited.

Operations Director Neil Armitage said “I have passed the accreditation myself as FreeAgent is now at the core of our clients’ experience so we need to reflect that across the board. Using FreeAgent has meant that we can concentrate on providing first class accounting advice and tax planning while the clients have up to date information wherever they are. By signing up with FreeAgent we have 70 plus experts working on the accountancy software for our clients and updating constantly”

Kilian Fitzsimmons-Wilson from FreeAgent added “We’re delighted to welcome Umbrella Accountants as Premium Partners. Since they joined we have seen the numbers and usage rise considerably as the company grows and it’s pleasing to know FreeAgent has been a big part of that growth.”

HMRC Late Filing
editor | 23 February 2015
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Some potentially good news for contractors who operate through their own limited company is that HMRC have relaxed their deadline for Limited Companies (with less than 50 employees) that are adjudged to be late filing their monthly PAYE returns and hence liable for a penalty.

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