If you're looking for a new umbrella company, chances are you will conduct some online research as part of the vetting process. Here we consider why you should treat online 'reviews' with a degree of skepticism. … [more]
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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? … [more]
With private sector IR35 reform looming, we asked a leading IR35 advisory firm what practical steps professional contractors can take now to prepare in advance for the changes. … [more]
According to a press reports over the weekend, the Chancellor is considering hiking the Corporation Tax rate from 19% to 24% to plug the enormous black hole in the public finances. How much will this cost you? … [more]
When you register a company in the UK, once your application has been processed and approved, Companies House will send you a formal certificate of incorporation. … [more]
To ensure your contracts fall outside the scope of IR35, you need to have an IR35 compliant written contract in place, and ensure that your working practices mirror the terms of the contract. One of the best ways to add strength to your proof of … [more]
The Intermediaries Legislation (aka IR35) was first mentioned in a 1999 Inland Revenue press release. The rules to counter alleged tax avoidance via the use of ‘personal service companies’ became law in 2000, and remain in place today. Here we look … [more]
Capital allowances allow you to claim tax relief on assets you buy for your business. The value of these items can be offset against your company's profits over time. So how do capital allowances work in practice? … [more]
If you've spent personal funds setting up your contracting business, what scope is there to reclaim these costs from your limited company, once it has been incorporated? … [more]
There really is nothing worse than dealing with an accountant who is a poor communicator, has substandard accounting skills and/or is a late filer. For a stress-free life as a contractor, you should research the market for the best accountancy firm … [more]