There will be occasions when you may wish to provide small gifts to employees, throw a staff function or even treat yourself as the director.
- 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.
When it comes to paying dividends to shareholders, the first thing a company’s directors should do is to check how much profit is available to be distributed. But what happens if you have overpaid dividends?
As a contractor, you may need to travel as part of your contract duties – within the UK, or even overseas. Which travel expenses can you legitimately claim?
What happens if you declare a dividend, but have insufficient profits in the company books to cover the declaration? Patrick Gribben explains how this can happen, and how to correct an error.
Many people have outstanding student loans when they start contracting, but how you calculate and make repayments if you’re working for yourself, and not a ‘traditional’ employer?
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.
A guide to National Insurance for IT contractors. How NI works, and the prevailing rates and thresholds for employees’ and employers’ NICs.
When you first register your company with HMRC as an employer, you’ll receive all sorts of information and reference numbers in your official welcome pack. One to look out for – and keep safe – is your Employer Reference Number (ERN).
If you’re thinking of taking up a job offer overseas, or you’re already contracting abroad, one potentially confusing aspect of record-keeping relates to expenses claims.
There may come a time when you decide that you no longer need your limited company. Here, a leading accountant explains the procedures you must follow when shutting down your business.