The retained profits generated by UK companies of all sizes can be distributed to shareholders. For professional workers (such as contractors, consultants, and freelancers), dividends make up the bulk of income drawn down from small limited … [more]
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Working out the most tax efficient way to draw down income from your company should be a priority for limited company owners. In this article, we explain how to establish your optimum salary level in 2019/20, what dividends are, and how they are … [more]
Contractors receiving their first umbrella company payslip can sometimes find it challenging to understand exactly how their pay has been calculated and what deductions have been made. However, the actual payslip is fairly straightforward to … [more]
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). … [more]
Nothing makes critics of the IR35 'off payroll' legislation (and there are many) more irate than the mention of CEST - the official online tool which is meant to help determine employment status. … [more]
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. … [more]
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. … [more]
As a limited company owner, you may well carry out your trade from home - occasionally, or on a regular basis. Which (if any) household expenses can you legitimately claim against your company's tax bill? … [more]
The Government has launched a new consultation on the 'off payroll' private sector IR35 extension. Here we look at what this exercise involves, and what the Treasury hopes to achieve from it. … [more]
With private sector IR35 reform barely over 12 months away, we asked a leading IR35 advisory firm what practical steps professional contractors can take now to prepare in advance for the changes. … [more]