As a limited company contractor, you may incur a variety of business expenses whilst undertaking your contract duties. Here, we look at how expenses are ‘allowable’ for tax purposes, and some common errors to avoid.
Tax / Accounting Guides
- Limited company contractors have to account for company tax (Corporation Tax, VAT, Employers' NICs), and personal tax (Dividend Tax, Income Tax, Employees' NICs). In reality, a good accountant can take care of almost off of your administrative tasks
- If you're an umbrella contractor, then your tax and accounting needs are very simple, as you're taxed as a standard employee - with tax and NI deducted at source
- Find out about the taxes you'll encounter as a contractor, and how to pay yourself as a contractor
- Find out what dividends are and how they are taxed
- What is the most tax-efficient salary to take in 2021/22?
There may be times when you want to drum up some new business by entertaining a would-be or existing client, but you may be unsure if you can reclaim the costs from your contracting business.
If you need to buy a new PC or upgrade your software, how are these expenses treated for tax purposes? Here we explain how technology costs are accounted for, and look at the rules which govern the treatment of computer-related purchases.
Ever since the 2016 dividend tax hike, the timing of dividend declarations by limited company owners has become more important than ever – to minimise their exposure to punitive levels of tax.
Most professional contractors spend a large proportion of their time behind computer screens. With this in mind, can you claim for the cost of an eye test from your limited company? And, what about the cost of corrective glasses?
If you’ve left your permanent job behind, you need to work out if your income will still be taxed at source, or if you need to join the almost 12 million other taxpayers who submitted a Self Assessment return last year.
There are many retail loyalty schemes available to consumers – covering anything from groceries to cosmetics. Wouldn’t it be good if you could personally benefit from extra points generated by business as well as personal purchases?
If you strip away all the marketing and price differences between competing firms, there are a number of core tasks all specialist contractor accountants undertake for their clients.
If you are a professional contractor, at some stage you may need to invest in some kind of marketing for your business – but can these costs be offset against your company’s tax bill?
The ‘dividend allowance’ was put in place in April 2016 – it means that the first £2,000 of dividends you receive are tax-free. But how does this allowance work in practice for company owners?