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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Why am I paying Employers NI?

    OK so I get asked this question over and over and it appears that some companies still cease to explain things properly to contractors leaving them disgruntled when they see their first payslip, so let me explain the situation in simple terms for any newbies... So what you need to be aware of is...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 9th August 2017 15:21
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  2. 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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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: READ ME before choosing your umbrella

    Read this first before picking up the phone. Guidance (on) Providers of Tax Avoidance Schemes (POTAS) And read this as well 10 things you need to know about tax avoidance Be aware that by using a legitimate umbrella that will pay the expected amount of tax and NI, you will receive...

    Started by cojak, 7th July 2017 08:57
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  4. 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 simondolan, 10th May 2006 11:10
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  5. 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 Ė so I thought I would put this small guide together to help you understand what might be going onÖ So first of all...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 31st January 2017 13:23
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  1. Danbro - cracking pension/childcare scheme

    Been searching for a while. Some umbrellas are crap for pension and only do the minimum - the rest has go in via AVC so you negate the NI saying. Danbro let you treat all pension contributions as employer contribs. So you're saving ALL the NI (inc employer NI I think?). Same with childcare...

    Started by psychocandy, Yesterday 09:58
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  2. First time contracting

    Hi, I am in between jobs and the company who wants to hire me wants me to contract for 2months before they hire me full-time. I have never contracted previously. What's the best to do this? Shall I go through an umbrella company? Can anyone recommend good ones who don't charge enormous...

    Started by Sebastienj, 5th August 2017 12:31
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  3. Dark Blue Umbrella - anyone use these guys?

    I'm epxeriencing delays in getting paid through dark blue umbrella. Its been pointed out elsewhere that this happens from time to time but this time it smells off, Im getting the runaround and being fibbed off with excuses, won't even answer the phone today. Anyone else using them? Worried I...

    Started by MontyD, 2nd August 2017 11:27
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  4. Umbrella company kick back to agency

    Please can you help with some advice. I am working for an agency called Allen Lane who forced me to work through an umbrella company called First Umbrella. First Umbrella is charging me an extra £30 a day on top of their normal margin which they are paying back to Allen Lane. So basically I am...

    Started by force11, 3rd August 2017 09:15
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  5. Sole Trader to Umbrella

    I have been a self-employed web designer for many years (no contracting) and will be starting a part-time, short-term contract soon for an initial 3 months. It seems sensible to operate within an umbrella company but I still have customers who I provide web design services for as a sole trader....

    Started by MrNiceGuy, 22nd July 2017 15:42
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  6. Giant Nest Pension Contributions

    Hi all, After noticing the pension contributions on my payslip (PAYE, weekly) to be ridiculously small I started to investigate how the contribution figure for myself and for Giant was arrived at. Giant took about 3 weeks to give me an obscure answer, but one that was sufficient enough for me to...

    Started by condon, 14th July 2017 08:26
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    24th July 2017 09:28 Go to last post
  7. Lost at sea...Inside IR35.what % should I expect to take home?

    Hi, I'm a relatively young IT Analyst who to date has always being employed in a permanent role, however I am currently in the negotiation phase of a contract role with a day rate of around £300, which falls inside IR35. Having no previous experience of operating within a Ltd company,...

    Started by kysto, 12th July 2017 14:04
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    ir35 contractor
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  8. Advice on using an umbrella company for first time (& query about why contract with u

    I have been offered a contract with a university client. I was told that the contract would fall under IR35 and they would try to get me a higher gross rate to cover the difference (normally I run contracts through my ltd company). The final rate agreed was 500/day. The take home pay from...

    Started by ginjar, 7th July 2017 20:37
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    education, tax, umbrella company, umbrella recommendations, university
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  9. WiseMC

    Hi All I'm just starting a new contract and have been looking for an Umbrella to help me out. I have been in touch with WiseMC which thanks to this forum ive found out is probably not such a wise move after all. I'm probably going to go back to the one I used about 2 years ago ( Advance) which...

    Started by Peachtails, 11th July 2017 10:35
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  10. Umbrella PSL list

    Agencies that you have applied for roles through that tell you they have a preferred umbrella lists you have to choose from if you want a role through them, I know you donít have to choose one and can walk away as much as they donít have to agree to use the one you would prefer to use thatís not on...

    Started by curtis, 23rd May 2017 15:50
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  11. Pension contributions when working through an Umbrella

    I assume that pension contributions cannot be made before tax, so it would be a personal contribution and 20% would be added to the value, again I assume as I would be higher rate tax payers I could claim back more on my SA?

    Started by InsertWittyNameHere555, 5th July 2017 13:01
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  12. 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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  13. Tek umbrella ltd

    TEK UMBRELLA LTD, Company Number: 09074178. Just a little note about these people. I followed a link from a major business networking site this morning and it lead me here https://www .tekumbrella.co.uk They claim you can keep 92% of your earnings, fully compliant etc..... so I thought I...

    Started by Fred Bloggs, 7th July 2017 00:21
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  14. Lightbulb Advice and Guidance

    Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I come to you all today to ask for advice and guidance in regards to a change of circumstance in my employment terms. I have been employed for the same company in the UK for over 14 years as a full time employee. I have moved to France to support a...

    Started by Shaft1able, 21st June 2017 18:47
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  15. First Time Using and Umbrella Compnay

    Hi, First time I am going to be using an umbrella company. I am self employed as a sole trader. In order for the agency to make a payment to the umbrella company I have to raise an invoice for my work. As the umbrella company already pays the tax and other stuff from the gross payment do I still...

    Started by bosphorus, 15th June 2017 10:37
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  16. Post General question about invoices and umbrella companies

    As a freelancer I have been required to use an umbrella company to work for an agency. My question is I need to submit an invoice to the agency for them to pay the umbrella company however do I still declare this amount which I will have already paid tax for during my self assessment? Thanks

    Started by bosphorus, 15th June 2017 21:33
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  17. Short and disappointing preferred supplier list and SDC

    I am hopefully going to begin a short term contract next week as a manager over 2 sites. I spoke with the agency today and hoped that Contractor Umbrella would be on their list, but instead there is Umbrella, Giant, JSA and Parasol. From searching this forum they are all ones to avoid - but is one...

    Started by Flips, 2nd June 2017 16:45
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  18. What incentive is there for umbrellas to chase payment

    Like most I work through an umbrella company and like most my employment contract with them is min wage plus bonus, so when they don't get paid they are only liable to pay me min wage. There doesn't seem to be much incentive for them to chase payments for the £20 or so they commission they get...

    Started by bikeman, 8th May 2017 12:25
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  19. Unsure whether I can leave my umbrella and use my own LTD company because of contract

    Hi guys, Got a quick question for you. After seeing out a three month contract (my first one), I've been offered an extension of another 3 months. I've been with Giant Group for the initial three months who've been processing my pay roll. After looking over my take home pay it seems i'd be...

    Started by LJCopy, 7th June 2017 08:55
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  20. Help! New Contractor Looking for Umbrella Company for Holland/UK work

    Looking for advice, new contractor (in process of setting things up) after being made redundant, UK resident but picked up a few months contract work in Rotterdam, will be commuting home every 2-3 weeks for a few days, struggling to find an umbrella company that can help with UK and Holland...

    Started by gallusbesom, 4th June 2017 14:01
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    6th June 2017 08:45 Go to last post

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