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    Umbrella take home pay.

    I'm hoping that someone can help. I'm currently paid monthly via an umbrella company. My contract started at the beginning of April. My day rate is 450 and Last month my take home was approx 4900 for 17 days. This month I had 20 days but I've only been paid 5100. Does this sound right,? I was expecting to pick up a bit more than this as 3 days is 1350 and even paying 50% its more than 200! I've had no tax code changes or anything.

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    Did you get a payslip from the umbrella company? (If not, ask them for one.) If so, you should be able to verify most of the figures, i/p pension contribution (if applicable) and employer/employee NI. Is income tax the only thing that's changed compared to previous months?

    In fact, if you started your contract at the beginning of April, that means that your first 3 months would finish at the end of June. That's typically when pension auto-enrollment kicks in, which would then explain why July's payment seems lower.
    Last edited by hobnob; 30 July 2021, 21:42. Reason: (Added second paragraph about pension)

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      #3
      Thanks for the reply. I've checked my payslip and it seems I'm paying an extra grand PAYE. Would that be right?

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        #4
        I've noticed that umbrellas tend to gradually increase the amount of PAYE over the course of the year. They have to guess how much tax will be due; if they overestimate then you can claim a rebate when you do your SATR next April, so you won't lose out, but it's annoying in the short term.

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          #5
          Originally posted by steviecuk View Post
          Thanks for the reply. I've checked my payslip and it seems I'm paying an extra grand PAYE. Would that be right?
          Speak the umbrella. They are your employer so are responsible for this. Don't take an excuses or fluff. They should be able to tell you exactly what you need to do know give you a detailed breakdown of the situation.

          We are assuming this is an FCSA brolly and not part of scheme. It doesn't mention loans or anything hookie does it?
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            #6
            Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

            Speak the umbrella. They are your employer so are responsible for this. Don't take an excuses or fluff. They should be able to tell you exactly what you need to do know give you a detailed breakdown of the situation.

            We are assuming this is an FCSA brolly and not part of scheme. It doesn't mention loans or anything hookie does it?
            No definitely FCSA and no schemes. I'm going to call them first thing Monday. I was just shocked when my payslip came through!

            Thanks for the response.

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              #7
              Originally posted by steviecuk View Post

              No definitely FCSA and no schemes. I'm going to call them first thing Monday. I was just shocked when my payslip came through!

              Thanks for the response.
              Obviously check with them what's happened. But be aware that tax is not calculated each week, the process is to add up your gross pay from the start of the tax year, calculate what tax is due against that pay, then deduct what has already been paid. Since that all works on a monthly basis based on the tax month, which may not be aligned to your payment cycle, there will be occasions where a correction is needed, especially at the beginning of an engagement.
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                #8
                Hi steviecuk,

                I would check the payslip as hobnob mentioned, and it may be even worthwhile to check the pay summary (or pay statement as some umbrellas call it), and see the complete breakdown of the umbrella income. That will show you how much has been apportioned to employment costs, and what has been paid to you as your taxable pay.

                Thanks


                Zeeshan
                Dolan Accountancy

                Contractor Umbrella

                01442 795 100

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                  #9
                  With regards to TAX, if you foresee the engagement lasting through the year and can make a decent estimate on total income, it's worth logging into HMRC and upating your expected income for the year.

                  That will force them to update your tax code, and send out a notice to the umbrella company.

                  Theres a risk that you will overpay tax if you earn less, but you'll get it back when the wrap up the year. It should even out the bumpy payslips though.

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                    #10
                    My guess is that you started on a Starter Checklist or a P45 with missed tax periods, and the last pay packet has caught up on those tax free allowances you may not have had before.

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