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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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    18th March 2017 04:31 Go to last post
  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    Updated 23 June 2016 - This got out of date so am doing a bit of rehash.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. EV Company Car

    Thoughts on getting an electric vehicle as a company car? Am at the point where I've maxed my dividends already for the current tax year, so aside from pension contributions, looking for other productive ways of using the money accumulating in the company accounts (as well as reducing CT...

    Started by Willapp, 2nd December 2015 08:34
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    16th March 2017 06:59 Go to last post
  2. Billing my overseas client from outside UK...Tax free country

    Hi All, I am working from Home. I am moving to a Mexican client next month. I have a limited company in UK at the moment and billing agency/client via this limited company. My question is - why do I have to bill my agency/ client via a UK based Limited Company? Can I not open a company in one...

    Started by NoviceContractor, 13th March 2017 23:45
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    15th March 2017 18:45 Go to last post
  3. Contractor Mortgages - When not in a contract

    Hi Guys, To cut a long story short my partner has decided she no longer wants to be in a relationship with me so has packed her bags and headed to her parents. We are currently in the process of coming to an arrangement of what she wants cash wise to hand the equity in the house over to me,...

    Started by eddie1507, 10th March 2017 07:23
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  4. NI Raise to be scrapped..

    Plan to increase National Insurance scrapped - BBC News More info will appear shortly one would presume. Not a major thing in the grand scheme of things but every little helps. (until they take it by other means..)

    Started by 225c, 15th March 2017 10:50
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  5. contract review service (not purely IR35 focused)?

    Hi all, I'm a PS contractor and just got offered a new contract by the agency I'm currently working through. I'm looking for someone with a legal background to review it. It should not be purely IR35 focused but also covering the points I should consider before I enter into the contract...

    Started by jackthe1, 14th March 2017 14:37
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    15th March 2017 15:29 Go to last post
  6. new to contracting, need some advice please

    Hi All I have recently been put forward for some contract roles through a recruitment agency. The agency have asked me to inquire about either setting up a limited company or using an umbrella company. Last night i phoned a company called Compare the Umbrella (comparetheumbrella.co.uk). They...

    Started by pabs, 10th March 2017 22:17
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    limited company, umbrella
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    15th March 2017 10:49 Go to last post
  7. ClearSky errors and customer service.

    I thought the forums would appreciate an update, I recently had an huge issue with ClearSky (see link below) http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/118084-clearsky-liabilities-shock-poor-advice.html I had figures through that came as a massive shock, I was told I owed a large amount of...

    Started by contractUKonline, 11th March 2017 15:17
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    14th March 2017 20:38 Go to last post
  8. Forming company & business bank before choosing an accountant?

    Hi CUK - Having permd for 20 years plus, I've decided to take the plunge into contracting. The choice is endless. Do I focus on just getting the company formed and setting up a Business Bank account? Or, do I just take the plunge tomorrow with any accountancy firm? My head is currently...

    Started by MrBrown, 12th March 2017 23:03
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    14th March 2017 05:37 Go to last post
  9. End of year planning tips

    Hi All, New to the community and after years of using a contractor specialist (who I wont name), I have decided to take care of all my tax and accounting affairs to see how complicated it can be. My year end is aligned with the financial year and I was just wondering if there were any...

    Started by dotcom12, 13th March 2017 19:54
    contractor, end of year, limited, ltd company, planning
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    13th March 2017 23:38 Go to last post
  10. Why does Company account comes 1st before tax computation on HMRC online?

    When filing company returns on the HMRC site why is it that the company accounts section which requires tax figure for P&L has to be filled out before you get to the tax computation part?

    Started by css_jay99, 13th March 2017 15:45
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  11. Moved: Best Option for 1 day/week public sector contract

    Started by orie1925, 13th March 2017 15:14
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  12. Contractor mortgages

    Looking to remortgage based on my own contractor income, went to current one (Barclays) who only looked at my self assessment income which was low last year as I retain profits for warchest and split divvies. So they couldn't loan me what I need. Is there a bank/company that will lend based...

    Started by Unix, 26th April 2016 14:13
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  13. What does a pensions IFA do for an ongoing fee?

    My wife moved her private pension a short while ago, using an IFA recommended by a friend. All fine and above board. The pension is a 'balanced risk' portfolio with a fund manager charge of 0.95% and a 'provider' charge of 0.25%. That seems a little high compared to the charges for my...

    Started by Adlopa, 9th March 2017 12:03
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    13th March 2017 13:25 Go to last post
  14. Restrictions on residential BTL tax relief, etc.

    So this starts coming in from April and is being introduced in staggered stages, with 75% finance costs being allowed then 50% then 25% then 0% in coming years. But what exactly does 'allowed' mean in this context? I've seen it discussed that the system is moving to a "basic rate reduction" but...

    Started by d000hg, 13th March 2017 09:46
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    13th March 2017 11:25 Go to last post
  15. Umbrella/Management company in Malta

    I have been working in the Netherlands for the past few years through a Dutch management company but my client wants me to switch to working from home in Malta. Since I'll only be doing about 80 days a year in the Netherlands I think I now need to switch to a management company in Malta. Problem is...

    Started by milzee, 26th March 2015 13:23
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    12th March 2017 20:22 Go to last post
  16. To flat vat rate or not to flat vat rate

    Hi, I've recently incorporated my company as I've got a 6 month contract through an agency. My daily rate is 300 so by my reckoning on the flat vat rate I'd be charging out 39,000 plus vat of 7,800. Against this my vat rate would be 12% but in the first year 11% so the flat vat payable...

    Started by lpop, 11th March 2017 17:45
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    12th March 2017 07:29 Go to last post
  17. Working in the UK for a Swedish Company and VAT

    Hi All I started trading on the 1st of April. I worked for a Swedish company and then started contracting to cover a maternity period. the set up is as follows. the Swedish company have a uk arm with whom I was employed with. the UK business is independent of my contract now and I have a...

    Started by Adamra, 8th April 2015 08:25
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    11th March 2017 16:53 Go to last post
  18. Leaving FRS? FreeAgent tip

    If, like me, you plan to leave the FRS on 1 April due to the new low cost trader changes and you use FreeAgent, and the 1 April falls in the middle of your current VAT quarter, my accountant just share this little guide of how to deal with this in FreeAgent: ...

    Started by TheCyclingProgrammer, 8th March 2017 14:01
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    11th March 2017 14:46 Go to last post
  19. Limited Company: Legal fees for Litigation

    Hi All, In 2015 my Ltd company paid a quarterly dividend of 10000.00 to me as Director. I used this dividend to purchase equity in another limited company set up by my then business partner. My former business partner then departed with my investment in what could be described as a scam. ...

    Started by rohanks, 11th March 2017 06:29
    company, legal fees, non-hmrc
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    11th March 2017 11:02 Go to last post
  20. DIY SSAS (for P2P)

    I was looking for a pension that allows investment in Peer to Peer platforms Greyfriars SIPP allows P2P investments, but they have now changed their T&C's and become too restrictive to practically use. There are other SIPP's but they only seem to allow investment in one platform I became...

    Started by stphnstevey, 24th February 2017 07:29
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    11th March 2017 09:39 Go to last post

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