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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Why am I paying Employers NI?

    OK so I get asked this question over and over and it appears that some companies still cease to explain things properly to contractors leaving them disgruntled when they see their first payslip, so let me explain the situation in simple terms for any newbies... So what you need to be aware of is...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 9th August 2017 15:21
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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 12:00
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: READ ME before choosing your umbrella

    Read this first before picking up the phone. Guidance (on) Providers of Tax Avoidance Schemes (POTAS) And read this as well 10 things you need to know about tax avoidance Be aware that by using a legitimate umbrella that will pay the expected amount of tax and NI, you will receive...

    Started by cojak, 7th July 2017 08:57
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    13th July 2017 09:48 Go to last post
  4. 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 simondolan, 10th May 2006 11:10
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    5th May 2017 09:16 Go to last post
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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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  1. How do I get paid? Strange situation

    I recently did 3 small contracts for a marketing agency (3 days/3 days/1 day). I am not set up as a LTD company, so I had to go through an umbrella agency, Parasol. The first contract has been processed. I submitted my timesheet and I was supposed to be paid on the 17th, but no payment yet. ...

    Started by JonnyCW, 25th April 2017 17:57
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    27th April 2017 08:51 Go to last post
  2. No contract between client and brolly

    I've signed an employment contract with my brolly and was expecting them to have a contract between themselves and the client (there is no agent). It now turns out that the client hasn't produced a contract and the brolly isn't too bothered about not having one. I'm thinking that without a...

    Started by bikeman, 24th April 2017 15:35
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    24th April 2017 16:21 Go to last post
  3. Tax saving through Pension Contributions

    Over the last few months, especially with the looming IR35 Legislation change, we have received more and more enquiries about the option of going via an umbrella based on an “inside IR35” verdict, so I thought it may be worthwhile to take a look at one consideration for contractors working via a...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 16th March 2017 09:10
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    24th April 2017 08:19 Go to last post
  4. Pension contribs using umbrella

    OK, so I understand "employer" makes a contribution and "employee" make a contribution. In real terms, assuming upper tax bracket, how much is this saving on NI (employer and employee) and PAYE? I understand that, if its done afterwards its only tax relief you get so this is better idea? ...

    Started by psychocandy, 21st April 2017 12:55
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    24th April 2017 08:16 Go to last post
  5. Umbrella company and T&S expenses

    As a long term lurker but not poster, I thought I fairly clued up on the new rules. Work through umbrella company = no T&S expenses before tax. I actually thought it was fairly cut and dried. i've always been limited so maybe I havent paid as much attention to the subtleties as I thought I...

    Started by mookiemoo, 2nd February 2017 05:55
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  6. Umbrella income and Self Assessment

    I am filling in my Self Assessment and would like some advice on how to include the income from an umbrella Co or rather 2, and what I can claim as an offset. I want to claim against the charge for the Umbrella Co as an expense also I want to claim my expenses whilst working for these Co's as they...

    Started by Carling777, 14th April 2017 15:30
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    18th April 2017 10:50 Go to last post
  7. Umbrella Company and Self Employed Tax Return

    Always I`ve worked as self-employed but last year I`ve used an umbrella company for few days for a different job, taking in consideration that the amount earned for that period was low (£1100) I just wonder if I need to include this in my tax return. Each year I did my self-employed tax return on...

    Started by One Member UK, 13th April 2017 00:24
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    13th April 2017 10:56 Go to last post
  8. Help - paid twice in one tax month

    Hello, just wondering if anyone on here could helps me! I'm currently working under an umbrella company who pay me on the 6th of each month. This month I got paid on the 4th so that it falls within this year. Trouble is, I was already paid my normal wage in this tax month, so I've ended up paying a...

    Started by Jssakela, 4th April 2017 21:35
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    13th April 2017 10:12 Go to last post
  9. too good to be true? help choosing umbrella services

    i have been researching on different umbrella companies and these are their company margin rates i have been given applytech- £5 green lantern- 6% or £25 haregenant- 5% or £25 infoqis- 5% or £25 unity cs- £21.50 crestplus- 21.50 numbermill- £15 payerise- £15

    Started by m2007, 4th April 2017 14:37
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    11th April 2017 19:23 Go to last post
  10. Appytech - Tax avoidance?

    Just signed up to Appytech umbrella after being told they are a mutural. After my first weeks pay slip I am suspicious. Appytech was sent funds from my agent. On my pay slip only a quarter of these funds (£275) was shown and the corresponding tax deducted, which worked out hardly anything. The...

    Started by RJH75, 10th April 2017 15:26
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  11. Can Umbrella Payroll survive 2017

    Umbrella Companies are making people poorer I cannot see them surviving 2017, I am seeing young lads who are forced to use umbrella companies walking away from the construction Industry. Employers are dodging NI and cutting basic rights by loading the responsibility on to workers, I also...

    Started by Mark2009, 9th April 2017 10:08
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  12. Appytech

    Anyone used? Margin is low. £5 a week. Concerning its so cheap. new to this umbrella lark but I already hate this quote idea. I don't want a 'we will pay you this' figure, I want a proper breakdown

    Started by psychocandy, 5th April 2017 07:00
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  13. Inside IR35 PS - limited or umbrella

    Currently got limited and dont plan on getting rid any time soon. Got a possible gig thats going to be inside IR35. Accountant tells me its still better to do limited. Agent (yeh probably lying) is telling me to go umbrella. In reality, whats the best? Im guessing limited and agency just dont...

    Started by psychocandy, 3rd April 2017 10:05
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  14. Contractor Umbrella - any good?

    This is my first post, so apologies if this is in the wrong place. I'm a contract Scrum Master and I've been hit by the IR35 iceberg post-April 6th. My contract has been renewed but I've been told that I'm going to be deemed inside (irrespective of ESS result). I'm considering using a brolly...

    Started by johnny contractor, 27th March 2017 12:19
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  15. Umbrella Requirements LTD Any good ??

    My Agency is suggesting/forcing me to use an Umbrella Company from there preferred supplier list of · Paystream Ltd · JSA Services Ltd · NASA Umbrella Ltd · Umbrella Requirements Ltd It's annoying to say the least that I need to choose one of the above, let...

    Started by Awkward, 27th March 2017 18:50
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    27th March 2017 20:31 Go to last post
  16. Good News at Last!

    Ooops...wrong forum.

    Started by Big Blue Plymouth, 27th March 2017 18:15
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  17. FPS (freelance professional services (umbrella company)

    Hi I'm looking to appoint an umbrella company as I'm a public sector contractor, being forced out of using my own ltd. I've been looking around and come across FPS, so can other contractors who are/have used FPS give some feedback on them please. Same applies for I-PAYE also looking at...

    Started by Awkward, 22nd March 2017 20:42
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  18. Please help me choose an umbrella company

    Hi all After a lot of interviews, finally bagged my first contracting gig! Only problem is that I have to choose from their list of umbrella companies (I was going to sign on with Contractor Umbrella as they seem to be popular on this board) Can anyone recommend any of the following: ...

    Started by Thatsmysurname, 22nd March 2017 11:24
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  19. 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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  20. Moved: Forced to use umbrella??

    Started by Zippydill123, 11th March 2017 10:44
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