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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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    2nd February 2017 11:29 Go to last post
  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. Question AppyTech anyone?

    Been looking and actually signed up, but now having some second thoughts as they seem to be using a JSOP scheme when I was told it was mutual. Anyone any experience of this one?

    Started by Jamiewilson, 22nd December 2016 08:42
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    6th January 2017 13:53 Go to last post
  2. Parasol - Employment Costs - extra charges??

    I've been with Parasol for over 4 years and I have always been pleased with their service, and have trusted them to pay me the right amount and on time, which they generally did a good job of doing. This month I decided to actually run through the calculations on my latest Parasol monthly...

    Started by fred857, 24th January 2012 16:24
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    employment costs, parasol
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    4th January 2017 22:17 Go to last post
  3. Umbrella agency and contractor liability

    Good evening everyone What is the extent of contractor liability when working through umbrella company? Let's say I work on a project, screw up some work (not intentionally just making an error) and there is a huge loss for the ClientCo (like hundreds of thousand GBP). Theoretically umbrella has...

    Started by killwater, 1st December 2016 23:04
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    6th December 2016 19:33 Go to last post
  4. Your Umbrella (CPS Group)

    Has anyone used them?

    Started by blackpink, 2nd December 2016 13:11
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    2nd December 2016 13:40 Go to last post
  5. New Brolly tax regime

    OK so I know that now the brolly is not able to reimburse expenses for travel, hotels, etc in the way that they could in previous tax years. Can such expenses still be declared on the contractors tax return? ie if your brolly says your contractually based at home and you travel, stay away, etc...

    Started by CoolCat, 17th November 2016 14:35
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    25th November 2016 16:57 Go to last post
  6. Autumn Statement 2016 - Umbrella Company Changes Afoot

    Well today will bring some interesting times once again for the contracting industry, no doubt! Contractors working through umbrella companies took a battering last April with the introduction of the Travel & Subsistence Legislation and it appears that there will be no such let up for contractors...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 23rd November 2016 10:33
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    23rd November 2016 14:56 Go to last post
  7. Question My agency is forcing me to use their Umbrella Company!

    I am in the creative industry and was recently hired as a freelancer. The recruitment agency that hired me originally informed that I could use any Umbrella Company (UC) I wanted. After doing my research and signing with my desired UC, my recruiter informed me that I was actually only allowed to...

    Started by AAC, 3rd November 2016 14:46
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    7th November 2016 13:53 Go to last post
  8. Contract termination without honouring notice period

    This has happened to me Client terminated my contract without the 4 week notice period on a suspicion which is now universally agreed to be false Agency communicated this termination to me in writing and said no notice will be paid Umbrella company said although they were my employer and my...

    Started by bornlivelife, 3rd November 2016 21:58
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    4th November 2016 08:05 Go to last post
  9. PayStream

    Hello everyone, can anyone tell me if Paystream is reliable? I've read a lot of comments on here which aren't very positive and just trying to make my mind up. I've had a quote sent to me but I asked about hidden fees, terms and conditions and fees to join and exit and no one has got back in touch...

    Started by girlywirly1997, 21st October 2016 13:07
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    25th October 2016 11:15 Go to last post
  10. Umbrella confusion!!!!!!!

    Hello all, Very new to this and the contractor environment, I work freelance via an agency was approached by a few umbrella companies, one being Extra, and what appears to be a subsidiary, Winchester (?). After researching, and using this forum as a really useful source of info, I understand...

    Started by Gandy, 27th July 2016 14:52
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    15th October 2016 09:27 Go to last post
  11. Question Advice on umbrella company (choice of 8)

    Hi, Can anyone advise on which of the 8 umbrella companies below is best to go with? For the past 10 years I had been working though Giant, have no real complaints but am about to start a new contract and the agency have said they no longer work with them so need to pick one from their approved...

    Started by bmnz, 2nd October 2016 17:06
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    5th October 2016 13:56 Go to last post
  12. Carnegie Knox Any reviews?

    Hello, Has anyone used this company: Carnegie Knox? I would like to use them as my umbrella company for my next contract. Are they ethical? Do they break any revenue rules or any other rules? Also, any positive feedback? Appreciate your valuable feedback.

    Started by cnu, 22nd September 2016 19:11
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    23rd September 2016 10:25 Go to last post
  13. Maddison Umbrella

    Morning , is anyone using Maddison Umbrella Group and is having difficulty getting in touch with them or paid ????

    Started by crones, 21st September 2016 09:01
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    23rd September 2016 09:25 Go to last post
  14. Recommendations / Reviews on Umbrella companies

    Hi there, Wondering if anyone could be so kind as to provide (current) recommendations on Umbrella companies. I've not used one before. Many thanks!

    Started by alittlebaffled, 11th July 2016 05:37
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    12th September 2016 06:43 Go to last post
  15. Do you think I have been overcharged by the umbrella?

    Hi, I received my first payslip from a known umbrella. In my pocket I'll get £3520.75 from £7500 gross, that's 47%, which seems low... I often hear people saying umbrellas pay around 60%. I admit that I don't understand the breakdown very well. Do you think I've been overcharged? ...

    Started by sog, 19th August 2016 16:48
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    25th August 2016 10:07 Go to last post
  16. Danbro Umbrella

    Does anyone work through Danbro for their Umbrella and can tell me what they charge weekly and monthly and whether you would recommend them?

    Started by curtis, 11th August 2016 13:36
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    11th August 2016 18:16 Go to last post
  17. Umbrella company not filing taxes

    Hi! I recently started using an umbrella company for the first time since I am freelancing for a short period only. I only realised 3 pay slips in that I had been paying employer and employee NI but no tax. The contract my agency set up with the umbrella company specifically says they are...

    Started by bonita, 17th July 2016 22:30
    breach of contract, taxes, umbrella company, unpaid taxes
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    22nd July 2016 13:23 Go to last post
  18. Recommendation for Umbrella Company

    Hello Friends, I am new to this forum seeking your guidance for choosing a umbrella company which is reliable and good payout. I am operating through my limited company at present and want to get rid of hassle in maintaining the company. Can you kindly recommend some good umbrella companies with...

    Started by trips, 16th March 2016 19:57
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    14th July 2016 15:15 Go to last post
  19. Umbrella Companies mentioned on Money Box (R4) today.

    There was an item on today's (4th June) Moneybox about umbrella companies. It involved some unfortunate teacher who is working through one & was amazed to find she was paying employer's ER as well as employee's ER. As is usual it didn't shed much light on the issue, it seemingly being a...

    Started by zeitghost, 4th June 2016 12:34
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    4th July 2016 13:49 Go to last post
  20. First Time Contracting and Brollying Tips

    Hi All, I've currently got myself a six month contract and apprehensively looking around at umbrella companies and wondering whether the limited company route would be an option. Is running one contract through a limited company worth it? I have some standard hours I need to be on site but I...

    Started by cilurnum, 30th June 2016 23:07
    • Replies: 5
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    1st July 2016 10:33 Go to last post

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