Should I trade as a Limited Company, umbrella or composite
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrainbrad View Post
    Hi - I know this discussion has probably gone back and forth, but I want to know whether anyone is using or has successfully used an EBT structure, I've heard that this is the most effective way to manage UK salary.
    Sigh... Poor misguided fool....
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    iam a newbie...i'll start with a silly question.

    the comparison stats on the first post does not include the personal tax liabilties...was wondering if the comparison would look more favourable to umbrella co. considering that the paye tax is considered before its paid to the contractor

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    HI, New on site so please dont shoot me down too hard! Picked up a thread from another site and saw some of the comments.
    First I run a v small accounting practice specialising in tax and with some 20 years experience have seen a few contractors over the years!
    There is a lot of knocking of offshore companies on this site and I am sure they are often justified but I think it must be pointed out that, most especially where IR35 is a risk or reality, the savings can be huge.
    The Revenue have tried to attack some of them and failed and more importantly they have so far failed to find a way of changing the legislation to attack them without effecting too many others.
    I joined a specialist network to widen my possible assistance into loophole planning and this was the easiest structure to understand as it uses very basic tax law in a clever way.
    I do not yet have any clients in a scheme but have discussed with a couple of businesses about it and in detail with the providers, but not always suitable or appropriate.
    I wouldnt use an "off the net" one or a totally overseas based one. Get a recommendation from someone or from a uk professional. Make sure the scheme is backed by barrister opinion (their reputation and insurance is then on the line!) and make sure the costs are reasonable. If through a uk accountant make sure you drag them into the decision as well they will be earning from it!
    I would also recommend that all normal basic tax planning is done (ie get the company to pay into your pension/get them to pay some basic expenses/make sure you are getting paid the minimum wage etc as normal uk salary (will help with uk state penison as well) AND tuck some of the savings aside incase worse happens

    WORSE CASE you should not be on your own if it is a professional company with UK backing so any winding up of the system should be controlled. If you use a foreign (rather than UK tax haven) they could just close and you try suing someone in Lux' ! There also shouldn't be penalties as the revenue has lost too many battles on this to justify you doing anything wrong.

    The EBT (Employee Benefit Scheme) is used in many savings schemes and many of them are still being introduced to large companies by the big accounting practices for very wealthy people so why shouldn't the normal person get a chance sometimes!

    Sorry to buck to forum trend James

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    Quote Originally Posted by expat View Post
    I'd go farther and say that this should be a sticky thread at the top, and newbies should read it before asking those same questions less cogently.
    Aye, me too. Good succinct post that every one should read. Sticky, please!

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    This thread is massively out-of-date.

    Would someone please consider a separate post along the same lines? I'll replace this with that one.

    TIA Chaps...

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    Let me have a think and I will put something past you
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