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‘Making Tax Digital’ Looms for more Limited Company Contractors
marketing | 17 February 2022
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‘Making Tax Digital’ Looms for more Limited Company Contractors.

The Government’s flagship digital tax policy will be extended to include more contractors and limited company directors from April 2022.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC’s strategy to make taxes easier and more efficient. But complying with the rules does come with an additional cost for businesses that need to use Government-approved accounting software.

 

New enforcement body to protect workers

The government has committed to creating a new enforcement body to uphold vulnerable workers’ employment rights as part of the ‘Good Work Plan’.

Several existing organisations will be brought together for the new, single workers rights body. It will also be given new powers to deliver more effective protection for flexible workers, such as those working through umbrella companies.

Congratulations to the ‘2020 Umbrella.co.uk Staff Awards’ winners

At the end of this strangest of years, Umbrella’s traditional end of year celebrations and awards ceremony have for the first time been held in our offices!  Conscious of our status as a holder of a COVID-secure employer accreditation,  the prize winners were informed by email and were invited to make the solo walk to CEO Nick Holmes’ office to collect their trophy and accept the praise heaped on them!  The walk along ‘Winners’ Way’ was accompanied by appreciative cheering and support from their colleagues!

World Mental Health Day 2020

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10th October. We’d like to take the opportunity to remind our contractor customers that you have access to a free professional counselling service with Umbrella Rewards. If you are affected by mental or emotional strain, especially in these difficult times, login to the Umbrella Rewards Customer Portal and visit the 'Care & Support' area. 

Getting back to business in the office

We’re still at home – and still working for you!!  But from Monday most of the team will be back in our offices, observing the rules, and looking forward to picking up where we left off before we rudely interrupted by a pandemic, with our first class, friendly service!!

If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support you.

Here are some more of our friendly faces working from home for you.

93% of contractors thought about using an umbrella company last year
marketing | 13 January 2022
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Following the introduction of new IR35 rules in April, more than 90% of contractors thought about ditching their limited companies for umbrellas in 2021.

New rules affecting private sector clients mean that contractors are much more likely to be judged ‘inside IR35’ when starting a new contract.

IR35 for tech contractors: What you need to know

Highly skilled contractors working in software development, IT project management and many other roles in technology are among those most at risk from changes to IR35 rules.

 

Although these roles tend to be well paid, the contracts are often structured in a way that means they fall ‘inside IR35’.

In this brief guide, we aim to answer the most important questions about IR35 to help you better understand the rules, how they might be applied and how you can avoid paying more in tax.

All the team at Umbrella.co.uk would like to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous new year.

All the team at Umbrella.co.uk would like to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous new year.

This year has been turbulent and challenging for all and we are excited to welcome in the New Year and are hopeful that normality is within reach.

Umbrella.co.uk September Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Hannah Kelman on winning Umbrella.co.uk September Employee of the Month.

“Hannah is an asset to the payroll team; she consistently goes above and beyond!” Holly Oakes, Payroll Manager
 

We are still here to support our customers

Umbrella.co.uk staff are still working hard to support our contractors and agency partners from home. We would like to thank you all for your patience and look forward to being safely back together in the office. If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support our agency partners. If you are a contractor with a query, be assured that our full customer service team is active. So, get in touch, they’re waiting to help you!

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