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Financial and legal issues affecting IT contractor companies, including IR35.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: DIY Pensions Advice for a Limited Company!

    Hello, This is my first post - so be kind please!!! Has anyone here used an online pension manager, like Nutmeg, for a private pension? By this I mean contributing funds straight from a ltd company tax free? I've met two Independent Financial Advisors who manage pensions for ltd...

    Started by lumalist, 20th February 2017 20:54
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    advice, pensions
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Accountant recommendation threads inc local requests

    Updated 23 June 2016 - This got out of date so am doing a bit of rehash. I've added any new ones, taken off some that seem to have disappeared and given a nod to some of the Accountants that are actively giving good advice on the forums but don't seem to have been recommended by posters. Updated...

    Started by northernladuk, 16th August 2011 20:59
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Contracting in Belgium - A Short Guide to Tax and Social Security

    Introduction OK so it's not so short any more. This information has been compiled based on experience, and expert advice. In response to the numerous emails and PMs I get concerning the fluid and uncertain environment for working in Belgium, I have tried to summarise the issues and pitfalls,...

    Started by nodric, 17th November 2009 12:33
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    belgium, umbrella company, umbrella recommendations
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: A new forum for Public Sector IR35 matters

    This place is going to get swamped very soon, so just to let you all know that you can post about the Public Sector and IR35 changes here: Public Sector IR35 Any posts regarding PS IR35 will be moved there.

    Started by cojak, 21st January 2017 07:38
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic advice when running your own Contractor business

    Here is a place for those 101's that people seem to forget/not know. Try and make the title easily searchable. This thread is stuff that we have learned over the years. But we expect people using this forum to do their own due dilligence - we point them in the right direction, it's for them...

    Started by cojak, 20th January 2013 10:32
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Agencies demanding extra information: new reporting requirements

    Posters have been turning up indignant that agencies are demanding extra information from them mid-contract. To which the answer is: suck it up. The Government has legislated that agencies have to collect information and pass it onto them. The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No. 2)...

    Started by cojak, 30th July 2015 10:53
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: The 24 Month Rule in a nutshell

    How many more times.... a) It's about the journey, not the client and not why you are there b) Go to the known (or anticipated) end date of your current gig. c) Count back 24 months by the calendar. d) If between those two dates you have spent less than 40% of your time at that...

    Started by malvolio, 14th January 2014 14:58
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Loans from EBTs and other Trusts

    Welcome to the Loans thread. To date loan arrangements have been discussed in many threads on CUK, regularly appearing in the BN66 thread diluting that thread and losing the concentration of information to those associated only with loans and not with S58 FA2008. Its time that loans had its own...

    Started by Emigre, 21st January 2011 14:42
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  1. VAT Flat Rate Scheme Update

    Hey kids. HMRC have updated their guidance around the Flat Rate Changes. As I'm such a nice chap, I've cut and pasted the relevant sections: Nothing more than clarification really.

    Started by Alan @ BroomeAffinity, 28th February 2017 15:15
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  2. SJD MetroBank free banking offer hidden costs

    Just be warned that SJD have done a deal with Metrobank for free banking My current banking costs 63 pa. In the Ts and Cs any transactions over 10k attract a 0.5% fee. I've looked at my transactions and I would have to pay a lot more then 63 So much for free.

    Started by SeaSpaniel, 22nd March 2017 16:31
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  3. Employer pension contributions resulting in loss this year

    I wish I knew about this forum a few years ago - I am totally new to the forum so apologies if I have got a few things wrong here... I have been a little passive and assumed my accountants were on the ball with their advice. I have asked multiple questions and am only now realising they may not...

    Started by DRJ, Yesterday 16:14
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  4. Expense queries for Ltd company (no accountant)

    Hi All, I've been through a good few posts but I am looking for further clarification on the minefield of expenses. My situation - Ltd Company Director (formed in September 2016) and only employee, registered in Liverpool but have a year contract in Birmingham so travel down Sunday/Monday and...

    Started by jackmats, Today 13:39
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  5. Question renting office space abroad, chargeable VAT?

    Hello, I have an UK VAT registered business and looking to rent some office space within the EU. I have found the space I like and the cost includes VAT. Since both my company and the landlord company in the EU are VAT registered, should I ask for a zero vat monthly invoice? Thanks. Cio

    Started by seek25, Today 06:52
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  6. Self employed training allowable for tax

    Hi, I working in the marine/offshore industry, and need to do some courses in order to upgrade my certification, these will set me back several thousand pounds. The work I do is marine contracting work, I was wondering if anyone knows if it would be allowable to offset the courses against...

    Started by gaff, 15th February 2017 19:12
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  7. Closing Limited Company

    I'm posting to see if anyone knows if there is anything more I need to do regarding closing a limited company. I incorporated a limited company at the start of March 2015, which I never used as the reasons for using it fell through. As it hasn't had any use, I decided to close it, so I...

    Started by gaff, 26th March 2017 20:22
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  8. Leave VAT Flat Rate when mainly just Travel Expenses reclaimable?

    I am trying to work out whether its best to remain in Flat Rate system or leave I think it's obvious to leave, but wanted to check my understanding, particularly of VAT reclaimable on Travel Expenses, which is the bulk of my reclaimable VAT My accountant fees are fairly minimal at 600...

    Started by stphnstevey, 26th March 2017 13:11
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  9. Moved: Umbrella Requirements LTD Any good ??

    Started by Awkward, Yesterday 18:50
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  10. 24 month rule affects hotel?

    Hello, I hope you can advise. I'm on a contract undertaking a massive global project and travel to the client site for 3 days/2 nights every week. The client site is about 280 miles away. I've now been travelling to the site more than 2 years and when realised I was going to be there for more than...

    Started by MrBen, 24th March 2017 19:46
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  11. FRS VAT Above 2% of invoiced amount or above 2% of received amount

    As we all now know to qualify to stay on current FRS VAT percentage we have to spend above 2% of turnover on goods per quarter My question is this :- Is that 2% of invoiced amount OR 2% of received amount in each quarter I ask because some times there is a quite a difference in turnover...

    Started by jk3838, 23rd March 2017 10:54
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  12. State Pension Age To Go Up?

    The reports are finally published and both recommend and accelerated increase in the state pension age. In short this means if you are 50 or under expect your pension age to go up by at least a year- linky

    Started by SueEllen, 23rd March 2017 07:43
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  13. New Limited Company or Add Spouse as Employee of my Limited Company

    Hi, I've been contracting from last 3 years though my own Limited Company. My spouse has been working as a permanent employee paying higher band tax-rate for one of the IT Consulting companies and is now getting a contract offer from one of the public sector clients (it is outside IR35 as...

    Started by ukcontractor03, 24th March 2017 12:26
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  14. Company to company loan write off

    Hi, A question on writing off part of a loan. A holding company has loaned money to another company and has decided to write off part of the loan. How should this be shown in the books? The directors of the holding company have signed a waiver letter.

    Started by GeeBee, 23rd March 2017 09:35
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  15. Cornerstone Instance Access ISAs

    Anyone used this outfit, promising 5.25% return in an ISA with instant access? http://isa.cornerstone-cp.com/ Sounds too good to be true

    Started by JoJoGabor, 22nd March 2017 19:13
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    23rd March 2017 21:48 Go to last post
  16. 45p per mile, VAT on VAT

    As a contractor, I understand I must invoice my client for mileage at 45p per mile plus 20% VAT. This is normal practice. What puzzles me and which I can not find any answer or discussion on is that there is a rule which states that VAT should not be charged on VAT. Yet, the 45p per mile includes...

    Started by LindsayRuddock, 29th February 2016 13:00
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    45p, fuel element, mileage allowance, vat
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  17. Flat Rate Calculator

    So, got a letter this morning about the flat rate changing, knew it was happening (Though was slightly surprised they managed to be organised enough to send letters out!) Anyway, the letter says that there is a calculator, Im fairly sure Ill be in the new rate but I'd like to check. However...

    Started by Snarf, 18th March 2017 12:45
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  18. New accountant suggesting lower salary

    Just switched accountants and for 2017/18 tax year they're suggesting a salary of 8,164 allowing me to take 8,336 in un-taxed dividends. My previous accountant used to recommend I take the full tax free allowance as salary - i.e. 11k for 2016/17. Just wondered what the difference is and is...

    Started by Willapp, 23rd March 2017 09:51
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  19. Reasonable turnaround time for year end accounts?

    Just curious - what do you think is a fair/reasonable turnaround time after submitting your data?

    Started by vwdan, 22nd March 2017 22:14
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  20. Agency changing payment terms mid-contract

    I started a new contract 5 weeks ago, and the recruitment agency provided a contract with weekly payment terms. It was signed by both parties. I've just received an email on Friday last week from the agency, to say "we are changing all contractors over to monthly invoicing, effective immediately." ...

    Started by ECommerceConsultant, 20th March 2017 13:24
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    23rd March 2017 09:28 Go to last post

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