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Managed Service Company

The Managed Service Company ("MSC") legislation was introduced on 6 April 2007 and was brought in to stop individuals who were not genuinely running their own company from receiving the potential tax benefits of being in business.

MSC applies where an individual provides their services via an intermediary, usually a personal service company or a partnership, but the intermediary is effectively being operated by a third party. If MSC does apply all payments received by the contractor should be fully subject to PAYE/NIC, including any expenses reimbursed.

Any PAYE/NIC's liabilities arising become the personal responsibility of the Company Directors and/or shareholders (or partners in a partnership), whilst also becoming potentially transferrable to the third party which is running/managing the intermediary company, known as an MSC Service Provider.

An intermediary must consider whether the MSC Legislation applies before considering IR35, but intermediaries that do not meet the definition of an MSC must continue to consider IR35.

How Umbrella Accountants comply with MSC

Umbrella Accountants simply offer you the choice to select the most appropriate accountancy support you need for your business, we do not run, manage or control your business – you are in total command of your company.

We will discuss whether an umbrella service better suits your circumstances or if a limited company solution is more suitable. If you decide our limited company service is the best for you, we will discuss the level of accountancy support you may require, the type of pay structure you may wish to adopt, the types of expenses which you may incur and whether you can receive tax relief, whether you want a payroll operated and various ad hoc services if and when you require. You can choose any level of service you wish, whenever you may need it but to make things easier we offer 3 main services that suit most contractors running their own limited company.

If you set-up your own limited company Umbrella Accountants are not involved in the day to day running or management of the company. It is your company, you have complete control to make decisions on how to operate and provide services, you are responsible for finding work and getting paid, but with it you do have various legal responsibilities.

We do not manage your bank account nor are we an authorised signatory. You have sole authority to make payments from it, including meeting any income tax, corporation tax PAYE and VAT liabilities of the company.

We review your specific circumstances in full but you decide which is your favoured option from being paid direct by your agency through PAYE, being paid through Umbrella or by setting-up your own limited company.

Running your own company doesn't need to be difficult and the benefits can be rewarding. We are here to help, but the level of support is your choice.

The Senior Partner of Umbrella Accountants is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Practising Certificate issued by the ICAEW.

For £225.00 plus VAT per year IR35 experts Bauer and Cottrell supply unlimited IR35 contract reviews. They will review all of your contracts entered into during the year (including any extensions), all associated documents and your working practices and give you an independent pass or fail IR35 opinion in writing.

  • Having recently closed my limited company, Umbrella helped throughout the process and provided clear advice. Special mention to Nicola Worthington for answering my questions and sorting out my final returns in a professional and friendly manner.RB 7 October 2020

  • I had great service from Umbrella - particularly Nicola Worthington who calculated and submitted my self-assessment. She was easy to work with, kept me informed and submitted my assessment way before it was due.Dale N 22 Sep 2020

  • Having started my own journey into the interim market, I chose umbrella accountants to take care of the financial matters, not only are they excellent, swift, professional and precise. Nicola goes above and beyond to assist help advise resolve and guide, she has been outstanding! excellent business and team...! Highly rated.Jason 17 Sep 2020

  • I have been with Umbrella for the last 3 years. I had a great experience working with Nicola​ Worthington. She is knowledgeable, professional and very helpful with all round personal and company tax queries, I would highly recommend Umbrella.Simon 15 Sep 2020

  • Over the past 4 years. Umbrella, have acted on my behalf. During these years. I am pleased to report that I never had any issues with the service provided. The staff members are knowledgeable, helpful and polite. If, in the future I required an accountancy service. I would re-engage with Umbrella.D Timperley June 2020

  • recommended. I have been with Umbrella for three years using both their umbrella payroll and their Ltd company accountancy services. I can recommend them to anyone. Excellent, helpful and always friendly.Sean R March 2020

  • Overall experience of dealing with was absolutely fantastic. This was my first time going into contracting and they were there every step of the way. When I had question or queries - they were answered without any delays and someone was always there to assist. The whole online portal they use is very good too. Overall experience was excellent - highly recommended.JS February 2020

  • Efficient, professional and reliable. I have used Umbrella accounting services for over five years both as a PAYE contractor and as a contractor through my limited company. In both instances, I have found Umbrella employees to be helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. They are very reliable especially with payments and paperwork. I totally recommend their services.FC December 2019

  • Very Good level of Service. Always paid on time and any issues/questions were dealt with swiftly.Would recommend Ison September 2019

  • Great efficiency and great turnaround speed of service in doing my accountancy self assessment tax returns that made it quite stress free. Very happy with Micaela's work I would highly recommend Thanks.Teresa January 2019