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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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    17th April 2017 20:51 Go to last post
  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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    2nd February 2017 10:29 Go to last post
  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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    24th May 2010 22:38 Go to last post
  1. Make sure you are getting a realistic take home pay calculation post April 2017

    We recognise that most contractors looking to work via an umbrella company will now probably commence their assignment post-April, in which case if you are looking to gain more accurate figures, you will need to make sure that the calculation takes into account the Apprenticeship Levy and the new...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 17th March 2017 10:56
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    17th March 2017 11:05 Go to last post
  2. Moved: Forced to use umbrella??

    Started by Zippydill123, 11th March 2017 10:44
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  3. Umbrella and Sole Trader at the same time

    I'm fairly new to freelancing and wanted to clarify something. I'm set up as a sole trader and work with several clients directly. I spoke to a recruitment agent who said they can get me contracts but I would have to join an umbrella company (or become a limited company). My question is can I be...

    Started by caz1986, 4th March 2017 19:55
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    6th March 2017 20:14 Go to last post
  4. Info on payerise

    Evening, I am new to contracting - part jumped and part pushed! I have been looking any a few options including umbrella structures. I have been chatting to a rather nice bit confusing lady at who seems to be a BD Consultant for payerise. It all seemed to be going well until she mentioned...

    Started by captainbeagle, 28th December 2016 19:31
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    2nd March 2017 16:20 Go to last post
  5. Public Sector and Umbrella

    Just looking ahead to March and the coming changes to the way Public Sector contracting will work. Should I be renewed , as I'm an umbrella and not PSC- I assume that my umbrella would continue to deduct my PAYE, rather than my agency or Capita? Or is it still too early to say? Thanks

    Started by misterpingu, 8th December 2016 12:30
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    2nd March 2017 16:13 Go to last post
  6. What umbrella company do I choose? Is offshore safe?

    Hi everyone I am new to contracting, and am starting a 6 month contract at the beginning of March and need to sign up with an umbrella company. There are so many around, and having spoken with a few, I'm not sure which one to go for. They all offer the same rates, same perks etc so who do people...

    Started by PMiddle877, 11th February 2017 11:15
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    2nd March 2017 15:57 Go to last post
  7. Public sector.... switch to umbrella, really?

    My agency has just informed me that on 6th of April im likely going to have to use an umbrella company for the public sector contract ive just started. In a nutshell, I like this contract because its a good rate and local. Ive been looking into it and out of a weekly earning of £1100, various...

    Started by likewise, 14th February 2017 12:56
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    6th april, hmrc, public sector, umbrella
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    2nd March 2017 15:09 Go to last post
  8. UK Citizen- Belgian tax resident

    Is it possible to set up a UK Ltd company without a UK address? I have always contracted in the UK via an umbrella company but due to the new expense regulations ,I most likely can no longer claim expenses via a brolley.I could still accept contracts under 3 months and fore go the expenses.Can I...

    Started by Brussels Slumdog, 1st March 2017 19:24
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    2nd March 2017 14:55 Go to last post
  9. New contract from Umbrella with new assignment?

    Hi I have been working with an umbrella company since last June. In November I was told that it had been bought out by another umbrella company and assured that nothing would change. I then moved to a different assignment and have been asked to sign a new contract with the umbrella agency - is...

    Started by jessicas, 19th February 2017 20:44
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    20th February 2017 10:49 Go to last post
  10. Help! Parasol - Confused about expences and not getting any help from them!

    Hi All, I'm fairly new to contracting and I wanted to post here to get some help as I'm having an awful time getting any answers from my umbrella company, Parasol. Their communication since I started my assignment has been terrible, they pretty much harassed me whilst getting everything up...

    Started by AJXX, 22nd April 2016 11:28
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    15th February 2017 14:19 Go to last post
  11. Atlantic Umbrella

    Anyone used Atlantic Umbrella? Are they any good? reputable? They seem to be offering me by far the most (with expenses) compared to the other umbrella companies, as im thinking of using an umbrella in April (temporarily) until the end of this public sector contract.

    Started by likewise, 15th February 2017 12:36
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    15th February 2017 14:06 Go to last post
  12. A new term: "Advanced Umbrella"

    Some innocent has just asked me what advanced umbrellas do that's different from normal umbrellas. This is a new term, the company is The Contractor Group .co.uk I told him it's probably not something he'd want to join. They're popping up everywhere I tell ya!

    Started by cojak, 2nd February 2017 14:58
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    3rd February 2017 14:13 Go to last post
  13. New to contracting and umbrella companies

    I`ve spent most of my life as self employed or as a director so know very little about being a contractor ,I recently started working for an agency and had my first pay slip , surprise surprise I got a "Margin" charge and also had my employers part of my NI stopped out of my payment , I guess this...

    Started by Johno, 27th January 2017 13:39
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    29th January 2017 18:37 Go to last post
  14. BIS launch investigation into work & employment conditions off back of T&S Legislatio

    We received this today from the UK Government and Parliament asking us to share our views with MPs on work and employment conditions - not sure if you fancy having your say... You recently signed the petition “Exempt 'all' site based workers from any Travel and Subsistence Restriction”:...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 26th January 2017 12:22
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    26th January 2017 12:22 Go to last post
  15. Maternity pay through Umbrella company

    Hi all, I'm new on here - please be gentle! I'm looking for some advice on how to claim Maternity pay through an Umbrella company. Has anyone done this successfully? If so any advice on how to achieve this would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks.

    Started by Special K, 3rd January 2017 16:22
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    6th January 2017 13:00 Go to last post
  16. 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 07:42
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    6th January 2017 12:53 Go to last post
  17. 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 15:24
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    employment costs, parasol
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    4th January 2017 21:17 Go to last post
  18. 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 22:04
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    6th December 2016 18:33 Go to last post
  19. Your Umbrella (CPS Group)

    Has anyone used them?

    Started by blackpink, 2nd December 2016 12:11
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    2nd December 2016 12:40 Go to last post
  20. 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 13:35
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    25th November 2016 15:57 Go to last post

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