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  1. 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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  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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  1. Umbrella paying into non-UK bank acccount, and a question about frequency of payments

    In case it can be useful to people in the same situation ... Had to choose an Umbrella company and wanted to be paid on my Italian account. Asked: contractorumbrella: would have liked to use them given the very useful advice I found from them on this forum and other sites, and the very...

    Started by enrico200165, 13th December 2017 14:25
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  2. Smile Guys - quick question as I've been out of the game for a while...

    I currently get a pension for about £8k, I'm looking to pay myself wages of about £9k and then about £30k of dividends a year. Am I right in saying the £8k & £9k I get £11k allowance and then pay income tax ( 20%ish ) on the other 6k. The dividends I'll pay 5% on the whole amount? ...

    Started by Bluebird, 21st December 2017 10:03
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  3. Employer's Pension Contributions and NI

    I've been contracting for a few months with Parasol and have just discovered that they pass on employer's NI on what are described as 'employer's pension contributions'. My understanding was that employee's pension contributions are subject to both forms of NI, but that employer's were not. ...

    Started by rotcartnoc, 1st December 2017 15:36
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  4. Is a business bank account needed working with Umbrella company?

    Am totally new to contracting, willl work via an umbrella company and it seems that I will have to open a bank account in UK. Can I open a normal/ordinary account to be paid? What are currently the best banks for opening an account of the simplest type required (taking into account costs,...

    Started by enrico200165, 13th December 2017 12:28
    bank account, foreign national, short contracts, umbrella companies
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    13th December 2017 14:09 Go to last post
  5. 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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  6. Non-UK EEC citizen with short term contract in UK, any specific advice/caveats?

    I am Italian, so EEC, got a 3 month contract in UK. Probably will not continue contracting after that, surely not more than one year. Would like to know if there are umbrella companies with expertise/skills for this situation and would be grateful to hear any advice, in particular caveats,...

    Started by enrico200165, 11th December 2017 20:11
    advice, non-resident, short contracts
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  7. Delaying payment till April 6th

    Hi, Unfortunately i've withdrawn maximum dividends this tax year and found an Inside IR35 PS contract for next 4 months. It seems the income will push the dividends from 7.5% to 32.5% tax bracket :eek Only way I think I can get around this is to find an Umbrella that will hold the weekly...

    Started by eldy, 23rd November 2017 20:00
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  8. Salary sacrifice: choice of 'workplace' pension schemes?

    I am new to brollies. Being shocked by having to pay employer and employee NICs from my already meagre rate I deemed a salary sacrifice pension was the route for me. I enquired as to whether the brollies I was directed to offered this. One said 'no' but was sympathetic to my point that they were...

    Started by JCP, 30th November 2017 13:39
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  9. Moved: Loan - self assessment

    Started by Socialsarah, 29th November 2017 15:04
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  10. Suspicious Umbrella company

    Hi This is my first post, and what's brought me here is a suspicion of my umbrella company doing the dirty on me! I wish I could post a screenshot of my payslip (if there's a way let me know so it makes what I'll try to explain more clearer) The umbrella is PAYERISE. I work for DayWebster...

    Started by conahboys, 6th October 2017 07:41
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  11. Brollies

    Has anybody used any of the following? FOCUSED PARAMOUNT CREST Key PORTFOLIO Jsa services I have never heard of any of them. There are a couple of others on the list, but unfortunately I have used them and their service is appalling

    Started by Anonimouse, 24th October 2017 17:41
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  12. Help for an 18yr old Choosing Umbrella!

    Good afternoon all, My son who is 18 has recently been offered is first role as an IT contractor within the Public Sector. He has been told that he needs to invoice as a contractor to get paid and I have been looking at Umbrella Co's to get him started, rather than setting up his own Company....

    Started by Motty123, 3rd November 2017 16:42
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  13. PAYE or umbrella

    Hi all I'm not new to contracting, but I haven't been for the past 3-5 years and noticed rules have changed. Can I have some advice as to whether I should stick with PAYE or go umbrella please. This is what I know so far: Rate is £200/day (recruitment agency PAYE) or £250/day (umbrella)...

    Started by rchm, 26th October 2017 12:41
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  14. Umbrella

    I am going to be a contractor soon. I don't want to do it for too long. Can anyone recommend me a good umbrella company? I might only be doing it for a couple of months so don't want to pay huge fees when leaving the umbrella company.

    Started by matt10012, 18th October 2017 19:32
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  15. First time contractor question

    First time contract the day rate is £350, I don’t want to be inundated with paperwork, what is the best option? Limited Company or Umbrella company? I understand that with a limited company I will have to provide public indemnity insurance and an accountant , how costly are these ? and is there...

    Started by GeoffWasTaken, 11th October 2017 08:24
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  16. PAYE v Umbrella

    Okay I have been offered a short 3 month contract in the NHS which may fill a gap, my choices offered are ( rounded up ) PAYE £16 via agency, or umbrella £19 ph Having researched the umbrella route it's right on the cusp of being unviable with the extras payable (employers nat ins, apprentice...

    Started by Yonmons, 26th September 2017 14:03
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  17. Umbrella company in public sector

    Hi, Work for a government energy regulator on a temporary 6 month contract - first time contracting by the way! I had to either go down PAYE or Umbrella so chose Umbrella as the hourly rate was much more attractive. I could only select one of 3 Umbrellas from the agencies PSL so after...

    Started by Wullie36, 28th September 2017 16:06
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  18. Has anyone used Wise Move for an umbrella Company?

    Has anyone used Wise Move for an umbrella Company? Looking at options going forward.

    Started by Gowerhill, 5th October 2017 10:16
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  19. Has anyone used Tailored Services for an umbrella Company

    Has anyone used Tailored Services for an umbrella Company? Looking at my options going forward.

    Started by Gowerhill, 5th October 2017 10:15
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    6th October 2017 08:32 Go to last post

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