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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella companies 'expenses policy' changed

    We have had a great deal of enquiries lately about umbrella companies 'expenses policies' changing so I thought I would offer a little clarification. Umbrella companies do not really have an 'expenses policy' as they can only process those expenses that will be allowed under HMR&C guidelines,...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 8th August 2012 12:26
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella calculations and why they differ!

    In recent months we have seen more and more enquiries from contractors looking to work via an umbrella company, and querying why we cannot offer them a higher take home :tired – so I thought I would put this small guide together to help you understand what might be going on… So first of all...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 31st January 2017 13:23
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Is there an umbrella company where you can choose your pension and other benefits?

    Public sector contract - considering a brolly but would like to choose what's included. Any suggestions?

    Started by GDL, 26th January 2017 12:00
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    26th January 2017 12:17 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Don't be fooled by imposter umbrella companies

    I've decided to repost this following a couple of sad posts regarding HMRC Enquiries on umbrellas that were not what they seemed. As the latest umbrella company (Compusource) hits the buffers with contractor's money, I thought I'd remind people what 'due diligence' is all about. It's all...

    Started by cojak, 12th April 2014 14:20
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    12th December 2016 20:51 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Everything you ever wanted to know about umbrella companies but were afraid to ask...

    There have been so many questions by new contractors about umbrella companies and the way that they work that I thought I would put together a help guide. Hopefully it will answer most of the questions that crop up: All umbrella companies will process your payments through PAYE (Pay As You Earn)...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 23rd October 2006 13:58
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    30th April 2016 14:33 Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Dispensations

    Hi Everyone, We are asked about umbrella company dispensations almost every day so I thought I would add something here to try and help clarify the situation. All umbrella companies have dispensations - if we didn't we would spend all our time filling in forms for the Inland Revenue :( ...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 29th November 2006 15:56
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    14th June 2012 07:58 Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Should I trade as a Limited Company, umbrella or composite

    Hi everyone, Can't help but notice that there are many posts on here that ask the same question - should I use an umbrella or my own Ltd Company. Thought it might be useful to summarise once and for all the pros and cons of each method and how much you would be likely to take home. Might save...

    Started by simonsjdaccountancy, 10th May 2006 11:10
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  1. How do I get paid? Strange situation

    I recently did 3 small contracts for a marketing agency (3 days/3 days/1 day). I am not set up as a LTD company, so I had to go through an umbrella agency, Parasol. The first contract has been processed. I submitted my timesheet and I was supposed to be paid on the 17th, but no payment yet. ...

    Started by JonnyCW, 25th April 2017 17:57
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  2. Sterling Umbrella - avoid

    Wish I'd never signed up with them to be honest. I've got a real thing with companies who take your money and they do the absolute minimum. No reply to emails, no call backs when promised etc. (I had an accountant once like this). I just can't be bothered with all of this having to chase...

    Started by psychocandy, Yesterday 08:34
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  3. Holiday/sick pay, hours offered etc

    All very confusing but I understand this is because of government legislation? Coming from previously ltd company setup I found it all very confusing when umbrella is talking about holiday pay/sick pay etc. And also the contract saying they were offering a minimum of 336 hours of work. All I...

    Started by psychocandy, 7th April 2017 02:44
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  4. No contract between client and brolly

    I've signed an employment contract with my brolly and was expecting them to have a contract between themselves and the client (there is no agent). It now turns out that the client hasn't produced a contract and the brolly isn't too bothered about not having one. I'm thinking that without a...

    Started by bikeman, 24th April 2017 15:35
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    24th April 2017 16:21 Go to last post
  5. Tax saving through Pension Contributions

    Over the last few months, especially with the looming IR35 Legislation change, we have received more and more enquiries about the option of going via an umbrella based on an “inside IR35” verdict, so I thought it may be worthwhile to take a look at one consideration for contractors working via a...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 16th March 2017 09:10
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  6. Pension contribs using umbrella

    OK, so I understand "employer" makes a contribution and "employee" make a contribution. In real terms, assuming upper tax bracket, how much is this saving on NI (employer and employee) and PAYE? I understand that, if its done afterwards its only tax relief you get so this is better idea? ...

    Started by psychocandy, 21st April 2017 12:55
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    24th April 2017 08:16 Go to last post
  7. Umbrella company and T&S expenses

    As a long term lurker but not poster, I thought I fairly clued up on the new rules. Work through umbrella company = no T&S expenses before tax. I actually thought it was fairly cut and dried. i've always been limited so maybe I havent paid as much attention to the subtleties as I thought I...

    Started by mookiemoo, 2nd February 2017 05:55
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    23rd April 2017 18:25 Go to last post
  8. Umbrella income and Self Assessment

    I am filling in my Self Assessment and would like some advice on how to include the income from an umbrella Co or rather 2, and what I can claim as an offset. I want to claim against the charge for the Umbrella Co as an expense also I want to claim my expenses whilst working for these Co's as they...

    Started by Carling777, 14th April 2017 15:30
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    18th April 2017 10:50 Go to last post
  9. Umbrella Company and Self Employed Tax Return

    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. Each year I did my self-employed tax return on...

    Started by One Member UK, 13th April 2017 00:24
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    13th April 2017 10:56 Go to last post
  10. Help - paid twice in one tax month

    Hello, just wondering if anyone on here could helps me! I'm currently working under an umbrella company who pay me on the 6th of each month. This month I got paid on the 4th so that it falls within this year. Trouble is, I was already paid my normal wage in this tax month, so I've ended up paying a...

    Started by Jssakela, 4th April 2017 21:35
    tax, umbrella
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    13th April 2017 10:12 Go to last post
  11. Help! I think my umbrella company has screwed me over!

    I am having an absolute nightmare and need some help! I've been contracting since August 2016 and at the time I was rushed into choosing an umbrella company to use, a friend of mine recommended me Payerise and I blindly just went with them as she told me she had used them years without issue. ...

    Started by londongirl7, 11th April 2017 20:20
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    hmrc, payerise, tax, umbrella
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  12. too good to be true? help choosing umbrella services

    i have been researching on different umbrella companies and these are their company margin rates i have been given applytech- £5 green lantern- 6% or £25 haregenant- 5% or £25 infoqis- 5% or £25 unity cs- £21.50 crestplus- 21.50 numbermill- £15 payerise- £15

    Started by m2007, 4th April 2017 14:37
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  13. Appytech - Tax avoidance?

    Just signed up to Appytech umbrella after being told they are a mutural. After my first weeks pay slip I am suspicious. Appytech was sent funds from my agent. On my pay slip only a quarter of these funds (£275) was shown and the corresponding tax deducted, which worked out hardly anything. The...

    Started by RJH75, 10th April 2017 15:26
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    10th April 2017 17:26 Go to last post
  14. Can Umbrella Payroll survive 2017

    Umbrella Companies are making people poorer I cannot see them surviving 2017, I am seeing young lads who are forced to use umbrella companies walking away from the construction Industry. Employers are dodging NI and cutting basic rights by loading the responsibility on to workers, I also...

    Started by Mark2009, 9th April 2017 10:08
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    employers are dodging ni, umbrella companies
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  15. Appytech

    Anyone used? Margin is low. £5 a week. Concerning its so cheap. new to this umbrella lark but I already hate this quote idea. I don't want a 'we will pay you this' figure, I want a proper breakdown

    Started by psychocandy, 5th April 2017 07:00
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    10th April 2017 08:04 Go to last post
  16. Inside IR35 PS - limited or umbrella

    Currently got limited and dont plan on getting rid any time soon. Got a possible gig thats going to be inside IR35. Accountant tells me its still better to do limited. Agent (yeh probably lying) is telling me to go umbrella. In reality, whats the best? Im guessing limited and agency just dont...

    Started by psychocandy, 3rd April 2017 10:05
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  17. Thumbs down Parasol Group: A Warning (Do not use this Umbrella Company)

    Hi all. I just wanted to share my experience with Parasol. If you are thinking of using them, my one piece of advice to you is: don't. Find a different umbrella, or go Limited. I did some work with them for a two month contract (or thereabouts) a few months ago, and inputted my time sheets...

    Started by siouxsieryan, 21st February 2017 10:15
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    parasol, review, umbrella company
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    6th April 2017 10:03 Go to last post
  18. Contractor Umbrella - any good?

    This is my first post, so apologies if this is in the wrong place. I'm a contract Scrum Master and I've been hit by the IR35 iceberg post-April 6th. My contract has been renewed but I've been told that I'm going to be deemed inside (irrespective of ESS result). I'm considering using a brolly...

    Started by johnny contractor, 27th March 2017 12:19
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    3rd April 2017 09:14 Go to last post
  19. Umbrella Requirements LTD Any good ??

    My Agency is suggesting/forcing me to use an Umbrella Company from there preferred supplier list of · Paystream Ltd · JSA Services Ltd · NASA Umbrella Ltd · Umbrella Requirements Ltd It's annoying to say the least that I need to choose one of the above, let...

    Started by Awkward, 27th March 2017 18:50
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    27th March 2017 20:31 Go to last post
  20. Good News at Last!

    Ooops...wrong forum.

    Started by Big Blue Plymouth, 27th March 2017 18:15
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    27th March 2017 18:15 Go to last post

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