For very large employers and the employees working through them the first stage date for auto enrollment occurred on 1st October 2012.

The reason most contractors are recommended to join an umbrella company scheme is that current HMRC tax legislation dictates that contractors have to be paid with PAYE tax and National insurance contributions (NICs) deducted i.e. it is not possible to be paid cash in hand and account for your own tax.

ACAS have issued a survey of the effects of AWR (Agency Worker Regulations) 9 months after they came into force.

Editor | 15 August 2012
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In the Isle of Man the Income Tax Division on behalf of The Treasury have issued a consultation document with the aim of amending their current legislation in respect of PSC's (Personal Service Companies).

People googling "Which is the Best Umbrella Company?" will find many sites listing the "Top 10 Umbrella's". Most of these sites however are sites where you have to pay for listings.

If you are a contractor looking at trading for your own limited company how important is your company name especially in relation to IR35?

Editor | 20 August 2012
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The Taxation of Controlling Persons Consultation document issued by HMRC and HM Treasury is now accepting comments from 16th August 2012.

Editor | 15 August 2012
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The lastest IR35 Forum minutes for July have been published on HMRc's website

This is a common query on Contractor Forums: My Recruitment Agency wants me to use their recommended umbrella company. Do I have to switch?

Normally the simple answer is YES!

Many people that become contractors fall into it. They may be looking for a job through a recruitment agency and the only positions available are temporary contracts. Others it is a long term career choice.