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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. Fees charges by Childcare Voucher scheme providers

    I am in the process of selecting an umbrella company which I am going to use for an upcoming contract. I phoned up one of the more reputable umbrellas (Contractor Umbrella) and was shocked when they told me that the provider they use to manage their childcare voucher scheme takes a 10% fee for...

    Started by silvys, 22nd January 2013 16:19
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    10th September 2014 09:33 Go to last post
  2. Issue with seemingly low pay from an Umbrella company

    Hi everyone I'm new to contracting, having signed up with an umbrella company (who, for now, will remain unnamed) 2 weeks ago. I'm writing this post because I'm concerned about the amount of money the umbrella seems to be taking, and am looking for a little clarity on the matter from anyone...

    Started by WhiteRoses, 5th September 2014 23:07
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    8th September 2014 16:31 Go to last post
  3. reputable umbrella companies ratings

    Hi, Which umbrella companies have good reputation here? Which ones are to be avoided? Cost/quality ratio? Please share some of your experience, comrades.

    Started by gardener, 6th May 2014 12:15
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    3rd September 2014 06:53 Go to last post
  4. New to Contracting, advice on mileage and travel

    Hello, I am new to Contracting after leaving 21 years of full time employed work. I have also just signed up with an Umbrella company. The distance to work from my house is over 250 miles one way,I will working 5 days a week and want to go home most weekends (leave Friday evenings returning...

    Started by niaz7, 28th August 2014 22:50
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    2nd September 2014 20:55 Go to last post
  5. Accommodation advice

    Hello, Working as PAYE Contractor, I need some help with the following 3 options. Although I will be working 5 days, I will be going home most weekends. 1. I can get a room share for say £300 to £350 per month all bills included, but I cannot get a tenancy agreement or a breakdown of charges...

    Started by niaz7, 29th August 2014 15:17
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    30th August 2014 20:19 Go to last post
  6. Umbrella companies

    Hi, Ive just started a new contract through an agency I have used before, on starting the job I have been advised to use an umbrella company to process my wage. Now im no accountancy whizzkid thats why I work in construction and before any one says anything yes I have contacted them about...

    Started by Deaksy, 28th August 2014 15:04
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    29th August 2014 08:36 Go to last post
  7. leavers procedures and notice period

    Hello there :smile ! Yes I am a newbie and yes I am on my first contract with an umbrella company..and yes, I ve tried to search for other threads but.. here I am.. that's my situation: I am negotiating with an umbrella company (Giant) for a 12 months contract with a recruitment agency on a...

    Started by zammakiram, 20th August 2014 13:56
    notice period, umbrella company
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    28th August 2014 09:17 Go to last post
  8. Am i costing myself money

    Previous have been through a Limited Company but am temporarily using an Umbrella I currently travel from London to North by Train weekly and stay away. I have been travelling standard class and been using discount websites to get train tickets as cheap as possible. However i am not sure...

    Started by ContractorUK99, 14th July 2014 14:03
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    13th August 2014 20:12 Go to last post
  9. Smile Newbie question Umbrella versus Ltd

    Hi All Ive been contracting for approx 4 months now using an umbrella company but am thinking of using a LTD company to maximise my earnings and Nixon Williams seems like a good deal for £95 per month. One thing concerns me though, I dont want any delays in payment into my personal bank...

    Started by guitarxx, 12th August 2014 13:41
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    13th August 2014 07:11 Go to last post
  10. Umbrella Company offering 87% return

    Hello all I've been advised by a friend of mine who is using a company called <mod snip> to use them instead of using my Limited company. I am an IT contractor in the city. I have been told that the company invoice the company I work for for the full amount of days worked, when they are paid, I...

    Started by frog61, 12th February 2014 08:02
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    21st July 2014 12:56 Go to last post
  11. HMRC does something sensible

    It seems that they will now be concentrating some of their efforts on making life difficult for the promoters of tax avoidance schemes with fines to run to up to £1 Million :eek: International Adviser: HMRC £1m tax avoidance fines &#39;sudden and unprecedented escalation&#39;

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 11th July 2014 07:38
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    14th July 2014 06:45 Go to last post
  12. Another scamming scheme - INOH

    Just got an email from INOH with a slightly different mode of attack, all the other schemes are awful (in long, long detail) but ours is different.. Registered office on the email looks very familiar as its the one companies made simple offer for very little money.... Registered office at...

    Started by eek, 3rd July 2014 11:04
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    9th July 2014 06:45 Go to last post
  13. New to Contracting: Best Umbrella Company to use

    Hi guys, I'm taking the leap into Contracting soon, and would like to know the best Umbrella Company to use. I'm not going down the limited route as I'm a simple man, and hate any kind of paperwork and headaches! All I'm looking for is a simple, straight down the line solution. I invoice X...

    Started by theBIDeveloper, 21st June 2012 10:11
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    3rd July 2014 11:46 Go to last post
  14. Garraway

    Just had an email of Joshua@garrawaylimited.com trying to sell their current scam which is a LOAN based scheme. And to be clear we are talking about Garraway Consultants (UK) Limited of The Grange, 37 Alcester Road, Studley, Warwickshire, B80 7LL Company Number: 08902805 Tel: 0845 474 1195 ...

    Started by eek, 16th June 2014 08:48
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  15. Clients not wanting to work with umbrella companies?

    I just started freelancing and am operating as a sole trader because so far I've had 2 clients not wanting to deal with an umbrella company and pay VAT - has anyone else had this experience? I didn't want to have to deal with taxes and paying NI and things like that and just wanted to test out...

    Started by thewinterkitten, 1st July 2014 16:12
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    2nd July 2014 16:08 Go to last post
  16. Email address to report dodgy umbrella schemes

    HMRC have a dedicated email address to report scheme providers posing as umbrella companies but actually operating tax avoidance schemes employment.intermediaries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk - feel free to dob away :happy

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 20th June 2014 10:02
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  17. Forced to use a particular umbrella - is this allowed?

    Hi - I often read these sites, but never felt enraged enough to contribute.... ...until now! :mad I am a seasoned contractor and have always been happy with the service I have from my umbrella company. I've been with then for 5+ years and don't have many bad things to say about them. I get...

    Started by SameOldThing, 26th June 2014 09:31
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    27th June 2014 11:30 Go to last post
  18. Darwin

    Hello all, Does anyone know if there are any threads on Darwin as an umbrella firm? Or has anyone heard anything about them?

    Started by Caprichoso, 9th June 2014 17:17
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    23rd June 2014 08:15 Go to last post
  19. Compusource, anyone?

    Hi all, I am (or was??) with an umbrella company called Compusource. I was getting a bit worried in November because they seemed to take ages to respond to queries, return my call or even pay me! I even asked them if everything was ok because I was worried they were going out of business, but they...

    Started by Elliegirl, 3rd February 2014 16:35
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    19th June 2014 12:51 Go to last post
  20. Umbrella company ended contract to avoid Maternity payments :(

    Hi all.. Am wondering whether anyone has any advice, I'm currently 18+ weeks pregnant and employed through an agency but paid via an umbrella company. I have been with my agency for the last 3 years on a long term contract within the same establishment. Recently I let my Agency Rep know I was...

    Started by Michigan13, 31st May 2014 21:39
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    12th June 2014 10:53 Go to last post

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