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Coronavirus: Contractors Working More for Lower Day Rates
marketing | 17 February 2021
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New research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) suggests that contractors are lowering their day rates and working more to mitigate the impact of coronavirus disruption.

The study also points to rising concerns about the government’s tax policy, including upcoming changes to IR35 in the private sector.

Challenges and opportunities for umbrella workers in 2021

Last year was a challenging year for almost everyone in the UK, including umbrella workers. Many of these challenges are likely to continue this year, but there will also be opportunities for umbrella workers to prosper in 2021.

In this article, we look at some of the most important challenges and opportunities facing umbrella workers this year.

HMRC's new plan to prepare contractors for IR35 changes
marketing | 19 January 2021
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With just a few months to go before major IR35 reforms take effect in the private sector, HMRC is launching a package of support to help contractors get ready for the changes.

The new measures include webinars for contractors and large and medium-sized businesses that will be affected by the changes. Demand for these sessions seems high after four original workshops filled up in four days. HMRC has since added more more sessions for contractors and businesses.

HMRC’s IR35 Checker Can’t Decide on 20% of Cases
marketing | 17 December 2020
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HMRC’s controversial ‘Check Employment Status for Tax’ (CEST) tool is unable to provide an IR35 status for one-in-five contractor queries. 

With a few months to go before IR35 rule changes are applied to contractors in the private sector, HMRC data shows that their online IR35 checking tool was used almost a million times in the last year.

Of the 975,416 online checks completed, the tax authority found that 505,598 (52%) were deemed outside IR35, 281,099 (29%) were classed as inside IR35 and 188,719 (19%) were undetermined, meaning the tool could not provide a definitive answer.

New Government Covid Support Scheme Announced

Yesterday, the Chancellor announced new financial measures to support UK businesses and workers.

Primarily it seeks to address the concerns of the hospitality sector and those areas now deemed to be in Tiers 2 and 3. These new measures are due to come into effect after the current scheme ends on the 1st November and will run for 6 months.

Workers may be paid up to 67% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,100 per month if a business has to close under the Tier rules.

IR35 Contractors: Watch Out For Unlawful Umbrellas

New IR35 rules due to take effect in the private sector from April 2021 could force thousands of limited company contractors to shutter their limited company and start using an umbrella company for the first time.

Joining an umbrella company is a tax efficient way to ensure IR35 compliance while also enjoying some for the benefits that come along with being an employee, such as holiday and sick pay.

Unfortunately some non-PAYE payment vehicles also describe themselves as ‘umbrellas’ and these schemes are often illegitimate.

What does ‘inside IR35’ mean for contractors?

With changes to off-payroll working rules imminent, experts predict a tidal wave of new ‘inside IR35’ judgements in the next few months. 

If you are a contractor working through your own limited company then you are at risk of being judged ‘inside IR35’ - but what does this mean for you and your bank account?

With changes to off-payroll working rules imminent, experts predict a tidal wave of new ‘inside IR35’ judgements in the next few months. 

If you are a contractor working through your own limited company then you are at risk of being judged ‘inside IR35’ - but what does this mean for you and your bank account?

Contractor guide: Moving from a limited company to umbrella model in 2021
marketing | 11 January 2021
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Many contractors are likely to close their limited companies this year and subscribe to an umbrella company to try and avoid punitive new IR35 rules.

For the most part, limited company contractors love the tax advantages and the autonomy that comes with running their own personal service company (PSC). But a major shift in the way that IR35 legislation is applied in the private sector could lock thousands of contractors into high-tax, low-benefit arrangements.

If you tend to work very closely with your private sector clients and are at risk of being trapped in an ‘inside IR35’ contract, then switching to an umbrella company model of working could be the best move you make in 2021.

HMRC: Don’t be hoodwinked by high take-home pay
marketing | 8 December 2020
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HMRC has warned contractors not to be fooled by unlawful tax and umbrella schemes advertising unusually high rates of take home pay.

As the deadline for sweeping IR35 reforms in the private sector draws closer, HMRC has launched a new campaign against tax avoidance and ‘dodgy’ umbrella schemes.

Update from the FCSA : Recent issues emerging out of off-payroll reforms.
marketing | 15 October 2020
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Following concerns that umbrella companies might be affected by some ambiguity in the legislation emerging out of off-payroll reforms. HMRC and FCSA held a productive meeting yesterday to confirm that the new legislation was not designed to capture the relationship between umbrella companies and recruitment agencies. 

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