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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: 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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  3. 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    Updated 23 June 2016 - This got out of date so am doing a bit of rehash.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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. mileage rate for EVs

    If I use my own petrol car for the business use use of my ltd company I can claim 45p per mile. What's the comparable rate if I have an EV? My accountant seems to think I would just claim the electricity needed to charge my car but HMRC's website seems to indicate it's the same 45p per mile as for...

    Started by arby, 18th January 2017 16:31
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  2. Pre-trading expenses

    Hi everyone and happy easter! Sorry if this information is available somewhere, I couldn't find the exact information I needed. The basic question is: what kind of pre-trading expenses can I deduct for my limited company? I've just started contracting a week ago (software consultant) and I have...

    Started by leibnizster, 16th April 2017 10:28
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  3. Being fired as an IT Contractor

    ok, probably done a million times before, but here goes. just over 3 years service with company XYZ through consultancy ABC. While at company XYZ the quality of my work was never questioned, hence numerous renewals and generally happy client. At the same time i was also working on a side project...

    Started by rowley birkin qc, 13th April 2017 14:27
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  4. limited companies and paying studend loans off

    Hi, I came across a company a few weeks ago that pays off employees student loans up to 5000 a year. It is a perk of the job. I'm thinking of going into IT contracting and setting up a ltd company in the process. I was just wondering, if I use the company money to directly pay off part of...

    Started by kristen330, 13th April 2017 14:57
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    15th April 2017 11:01 Go to last post
  5. Tax Return - Self employed and employee

    Always I`ve worked as self-employed but last year I`ve used an umbrella company for few days for a different job, taking in consideration that the amount earned for that period was low (1100) I just wonder if I need to include this in my tax return(SA100). Each year I did my self-employed tax...

    Started by One Member UK, 13th April 2017 09:25
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    14th April 2017 13:22 Go to last post
  6. Company Tax Return Error 3320

    Hi all, I'm attempting to submit my 16-17 company tax return online, but it's getting rejected with error code 3320 and I can't figure out why. The accounting period runs from 06/04/2016 to 05/04/2017 (it was aligned with the tax year a few years back) and this is the period I am attempting...

    Started by catsinspace, 7th April 2017 15:37
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    13th April 2017 17:10 Go to last post
  7. New Contract - Charging travel & hotels back to agency\client

    Hi all I am starting a new contract in a few weeks. Its going to be based up north but will require 1 or 2 nights stay in London each week. The agency said that travel expenses will be chargeable back to the client and I will do this when I submit timesheets and invoices to them on their web...

    Started by philo, 12th April 2017 09:29
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    13th April 2017 15:07 Go to last post
  8. What to look when checking an Agency on Companies House

    Been following the thread on Coal IT's troubles, and I realised that while I do have a quick look on Companies House before signing a contract with an agency, I don't really know what I'm looking for. What are the red or even amber flags? Can the better-informed shed some light? Thanks

    Started by theroyale, 12th April 2017 10:38
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  9. Angry No Notice Period from Client, I can't give notice!

    I've been offered a contract that I've turned down following advice from my accountant and IPSE's IR35 advice line. I would what everyone else things of this... So the contract offered would allow the client to give immediate notice and the Contractor cannot give notice. My accountant said...

    Started by Dwainpipe, 6th April 2017 16:13
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    13th April 2017 13:17 Go to last post
  10. Contracting - a cross border affair

    Hi everyone, I'm a resident of Northern Ireland wanting to start as a contractor in the Republic of Ireland. My intention is to rent an apartment in Dublin while I keep my main residence, here in Northern Ireland. I'm completely new to contracting and I'm read up on how to get set up as a...

    Started by Ronieb, 13th April 2017 09:03
    contracting, contracting in europe, dublin, ireland, northern ireland
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  11. Can you avoid CGT on a second home by not letting it out?

    I have a friend(!) who has a second home, however is not letting it out. To avoid CGT. Is there any truth in this?

    Started by BrilloPad, 12th April 2017 11:07
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  12. New flat Rate VAT + 1st Year Discount

    Hi guys, Hoping someone could put this into perspective for me. I'm eligible for the 1% discount on the flat rate VAT scheme until Sept this year, which puts me at 15.5%. I'l be putting through approx 20 miles a day, ipse+ membership, lunches and 2 x mobile phone contracts (lets say 45 each).....

    Started by le3ky, 10th April 2017 14:51
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  13. NIC threshold for 2017-2018

    Stupid question but what is the NIC class1 thershold? ~ 8000 I seem to remebner, but what is the exact figure?

    Started by pscont, 11th April 2017 10:29
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    12th April 2017 17:25 Go to last post
  14. Smart Pay

    I have been approached by "Smart Pay". They are claiming that I can keep 84% of my income, but being paid minimum wage and taking the rest as an "Employee Lending Facility". Has anyone had any REAL experience of these schemes? They exist and must have customers, so someone has to be using...

    Started by NetContractor, 12th April 2017 13:31
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  15. RBS Business - avoid! Recommendations please...

    Just started contracting and thought I was making a sensible choice with RBS for my Business bank account - bricks and mortar, local branch, 2 years free etc. How wrong can I be? They're a complete shower of tulip! What's more, they're changing to W&G and won't have a local branch soon. I'd...

    Started by JustRodders, 6th April 2017 18:59
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  16. What FRS rate to use for period ending 1 Apr 2017

    Just realised I didn't do the VAT return before 6th of April as I planned to. Do I still use the old rate of 14.5% for payments received before 1st of April 2017 ? I am pretty sure I do, but wanted to double check. What I am not sure is what % to apply in the next return to work done in...

    Started by Lumiere, 10th April 2017 14:57
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  17. HMRC Self Assessment

    I know it's sad to want to do it on the first day of the next tax year, but that is me. This morning though, I click on "Complete Return" and get : Hmmmm, I wonder if they have anyone in the office left who can sort it out.

    Started by FarmerPalmer, 6th April 2017 08:47
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    11th April 2017 16:06 Go to last post
  18. IR35 Indemnity (private sector)

    Hi, long time contractor but new poster here. I'm getting to the stage whereby I think it would be wise to take out some sort of IR35 Indemnity policy. I work private sector and try to mitigate my IR35 as much as possible, just feeling a little 'twitchy' at the moment. I'd be looking for the...

    Started by ihatework, 11th April 2017 12:03
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    11th April 2017 14:23 Go to last post
  19. Quick question - expenses

    All, Can you please provide more insight into what the maximum allowable expense one can claim if working away from permanent place of residence Contract is not IR35. I read online I can claim 5 subsistence per day does that indicate any food taking as dinner for e.g over this limit is not...

    Started by Donvigeo, 9th April 2017 12:06
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    10th April 2017 22:53 Go to last post
  20. Employer Pension Contributions - Company Tax Year

    Hi I've searched long and hard for a definitive answer to my question below but can't find one so I'd really appreciate it if anyone can help. For the tax year 6th April 2016 to 5th April 2017, the maximum pension contribution was 40k. For the 2017/2018 tax year, the 40k limit remains...

    Started by smt, 9th April 2017 16:44
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    10th April 2017 21:46 Go to last post

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