Contractors Articles

How to Close Your PSC if You’re Affected by the Banking Contractor Ban
marketing | 20 November 2019
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Some of the nation’s largest banks are forcing personal service company (PSC) contractors to go on the payroll, a move that will leave many with dormant limited companies. Here’s how you could close your PSC in a tax efficient manner if you’re affected by the banking sector contractor ban.

Under reforms to off-payroll working legislation, large organisations will be made responsible for judging a PSC contractor’s IR35 status from 6th April 2020.

Happy Halloween from all the team at Umbrella.co.uk.
marketing | 31 October 2019
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Happy Halloween from all the team at Umbrella.co.uk.

We’ve all been embracing Halloween in the office today whilst fundraising for Mind, our charity of the month.

 

GSK Confusion is Just ‘Taste of Things to Come’
marketing | 4 September 2019
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A sense of panic and alarm spread rapidly through the wider contracting community when HMRC sent IR35 letters to more than a thousand GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) freelancers and contractors last week. But this is just a ‘taste of things to come’ when IR35 changes are extended to the private sector in April 2020, according to a contractor interest group.

HMRC’s ‘Crusade Against Contractors’ to Net £27.7m
marketing | 12 August 2019
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Investigations into the contractor employment status could generate close to £30m according to figures released by HMRC.

The data shows that HMRC believes it can generate an extra £27.7m before investigations are concluded. The figure refers to ‘tax under consideration,’ which is an estimate of what HMRC would lose if it didn’t investigate.

NHS Locum Contractor Wins Partial IR35 Tax Case
marketing | 11 July 2019
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An IR35 ruling on a case involving a urologist who worked for two different hospitals could have important consequences for medics operating as locums and NHS off-payroll working rules more generally.

In the tax tribunal case between a locum urologist and HMRC, a judge ruled that one of the contractor’s hospital contracts was inside IR35, while off-payroll working rules did not apply in the other.

Congratulations to Sarah McClean on winning the Umbrella Group Employee of the Month Award
marketing | 6 November 2019
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We are delighted to announce that Sarah McClean, Insolvency Administrator, has won the Umbrella Group October Employee of the Month Award!

“Since starting with the firm in June 2017, Sarah has always demonstrated a strong work ethic and is a dependable member of the team always prepared to go the “extra mile” for the customer, whatever the scenario. Well done Sarah, a well-deserved award!” Tom Fox, Head of Umbrella Insolvency.

marketing | 17 September 2019
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The controversial loan charge, which affects contractors who participated in ‘disguised remuneration’ schemes, could be scrapped after Chancellor Sajid Javid commissioned an official review into the tax.

The new review will conclude by mid-November to give taxpayers certainty ahead of the January Self Assessment deadline. It will be led by Amyas Morse, the former chief executive of the National Audit Office.

HMRC Accuses 1,500 GSK Contractors of IR35 Non-Compliance
marketing | 2 September 2019
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HMRC has sent a letter to around 1,500 GlaxoSmithKline contractors accusing them of being ‘disguised employees’ and ordering them to pay more tax under IR35 rules.

As the taxman ramps up the aggressive campaign against contractors, the letter was reportedly sent to contractors in different departments at the multinational pharmaceutical company.

HMRC’s letter says that in the 2018/19 tax year, their “view is that the contract between your PSC and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) comes under the off-payroll working rules ‘IR35’.”

Finance Bill Confirms Private Sector IR35 Details
marketing | 15 July 2019
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The Treasury has published the Finance Bill 2019-20 , which confirms a number of important details about the upcoming IR35 reforms in the private sector.

 

Ignoring some of the recent calls for the reforms to be delayed, the bill confirms that off-payroll rules will be extended to the private sector from 6 April 2020.

 

In line with the changes in the public sector, private sector clients will be responsible for assessing a contractor’s IR35 status. Previously, this responsibility lay with the contractor.

 

HMRC Pressed For IR35 CEST Tool Release Date
marketing | 3 July 2019
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HMRC is under pressure to say when the new improved IR35 ‘Check Employment Status for Tax’ (CEST) tool will be released, as stakeholders point out flaws with the current version.

 

The tax authority has confirmed that its CEST tool will undergo enhancements before IR35 reforms are extended to the private sector from April 2020.

 

But so far, little is known about what updates will be applied and when the new tool will be available.

 

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