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  1. 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 14:23
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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 13:00
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    26th January 2017 13:17 Go to last post
  3. 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 21:51 Go to last post
  4. 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
  5. 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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    16th August 2012 07:02 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 16:56
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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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    24th May 2010 22:38 Go to last post
  1. 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
  2. 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 17:35
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    19th June 2014 12:51 Go to last post
  3. 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
  4. Thumbs down So so tired of begging for wages/salary etc from agencies & umbrella companies?

    Hi there, Long story short, been contracting around Europe & Uk for last 15 years, had been in Germany 12 months ago, & now have a contract in Uk with a Dutch/Belgium company ( who are not the problem) i have 2 agencies involved as the initial agency outsourced so now the initial company hold my...

    Started by J J, 3rd June 2014 21:47
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    4th June 2014 07:47 Go to last post
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    Started by mickey, 26th May 2014 19:35
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  6. Agreed Deductions? Employment costs? Atlantic Umbrella !!!

    Hi folks Can anyone tell me if I can demand money back from a umbrella company, they never told me when signing up id be paying 'employment costs' after robbing most of my wage they tell me they charge 13.8 % and this is made up of employers NI and rest is for holiday/sick pay etc etc however...

    Started by delboy, 10th May 2014 20:35
    • Replies: 7
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    13th May 2014 12:58 Go to last post
  7. Paycheck Services Limited

    Hi everyone, I've been asking around to find out which are the best umbrella companies and someone has recommended Paycheck Services Limited, has anyone had any first hand experience with them such as good custimer service, on time payments etc? Thanks!

    Started by MaceFace, 9th May 2014 11:26
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    12th May 2014 12:36 Go to last post
  8. Setting-Up a Ltd Co

    Hi I'm a first-time contractor still getting to grips with various aspects of contracting (although The Contractors Handbook is very useful!). Although I'm fairly clear that generally speaking, forming a Ltd Co would be more financially advantageous than working through an Umbrella Company, I'm...

    Started by Zeppelin, 8th April 2014 10:32
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    22nd April 2014 14:18 Go to last post
  9. Are you having problems with your Agency or Umbrella?

    You may not get your money back, but this could be one way to get satisfaction. https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-a-limited-company https://www.gov.uk/company-director-disqualification (If you think that you might get your money back, wait until it's in your account and then finger them.)

    Started by cojak, 19th April 2014 18:07
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    22nd April 2014 12:34 Go to last post
  10. Help re: contacting

    Hi, Hope someone can help as I'm at a loss. I'm a social worker contracting for a local authority. My day rate is currently £175 but about to go up to £198. I'm currently using paystream as I was signed up by the guys who got me the role. Having looked at my payslips I seem to be...

    Started by rfowler1, 27th March 2014 19:49
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    11th April 2014 16:45 Go to last post
  11. Employees Allowance

    Can someone tell me if the new Employees allowance starting on the 6th April applies to me? I work through an umbrella company and pay Employees Insurance on a weekly basis. As I am classed as being an employee for the umbrella company would be eligible for the £2000 per year reduction?

    Started by stebain3258, 31st March 2014 19:12
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    10th April 2014 11:27 Go to last post
  12. What are the liabilities with umbrella's such as Garraway Ltd.

    Hi all: Long time member, little time poster. I've been sparingly reading the pros & cons of umbrella corps. and see that there are some passionate advocates from both camps. It's great to read both sides. Legally however, I'm still confused as to the liabilities. I've been with them for a while...

    Started by Scribble Squad, 3rd April 2014 14:35
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    accountancy, taxes, umbrella companies
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    4th April 2014 17:10 Go to last post
  13. Statutory maternity pay through an umbrella - definition of "consecutive"

    Hi, I'm female and thinking about what the consequences of getting pregnant would be on my finances (amongst other things!). I get paid through an umbrella company so I am classed as an employee of the umbrella company and therefore I'm eligible for statutory maternity pay through them. I've...

    Started by UnknownPerson, 26th March 2014 13:44
    maternity, smp, umbrella
    • Replies: 3
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    27th March 2014 08:45 Go to last post
  14. 90% vs 52%

    w ww.vivacontracts.com/umbrella-company-1.php - Umbrella Company Alternative - Viva Contracts "Take home up to 90% from contracts, compared to 52% with an Umbrella Company" It's no wonder people are drawn to these dodgy schemes.

    Started by DonkeyRhubarb, 21st February 2014 11:52
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    24th March 2014 09:07 Go to last post
  15. Advice: Contract through umbrella late payments

    Hello, newbie contractor here. I'm currently have contract through umbrella. Agency started delaying payment, result of that for February I will be payed in the middle of April. Because I had low income this year, I need this payment on this financial year, because of lower income tax....

    Started by meistrelis, 17th March 2014 22:54
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    20th March 2014 09:15 Go to last post
  16. Newbie here... Unsure...

    Hello, I am a mum of young children and after many years of working for big companies, I have decided that might not be the best option for me. I am looking to work from home and have found a couple of consulting firms who are happy to give me work I can do from home on an adhoc basis. It...

    Started by Butterfly, 26th February 2014 06:50
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    26th February 2014 09:40 Go to last post
  17. Contracting and Tax Credits

    Hi, Potentially going from a FTC to umbrella and was wondering peoples experience on claiming tax credits. As I already get CTC I am assuming if 1 get x per day that Tax Credits will take the earned incoming before expenses/umbrella deductions ect? tia

    Started by chappers, 19th February 2014 15:11
    tax credits, umbrella
    • Replies: 2
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    20th February 2014 10:58 Go to last post
  18. Short Term / One Off Contract?

    Hi Guys I am currently winding up a business that went bust. It's taking longer than I had hoped due to a number of factors. But I need to get an income sorted. I've been offered some work contracting and I'm not sure the best way to start off. The contract I'm considering is temporary and...

    Started by TotalAfol, 5th February 2014 23:33
    • Replies: 4
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    7th February 2014 09:31 Go to last post
  19. Help with Tax Code Issues

    I have recently started working as a contractor and have been given an umbrella company as my employer. My tax code is a cumulative tax code but I'm being taxed too high. My basic pay is £600 (15per hr x 40 hrs) a week but for 2 months I will be receiving £720 a week, I was taxed 225 one week and...

    Started by Sherry, 26th January 2014 18:10
    • Replies: 1
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    27th January 2014 08:15 Go to last post
  20. Contract for a US company?

    I want to work remotely for an American IT company but be paid through a British Company. Can an umbrella company do for me this? Know of any? This thread has way more details on my situation - http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/95820-dual-citizen-who-works-remotely.html - but here...

    Started by new2edinburgh, 22nd January 2014 05:00
    • Replies: 1
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    22nd January 2014 07:38 Go to last post

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