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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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 13:00
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    29th September 2017 12:25 Go to last post
  4. 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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    13th September 2017 15:33 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 14:23
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    2nd February 2017 11:29 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 21:51 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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    16th August 2012 07:02 Go to last post
  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 16:56
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  1. Pension contributions when working through an Umbrella

    I assume that pension contributions cannot be made before tax, so it would be a personal contribution and 20% would be added to the value, again I assume as I would be higher rate tax payers I could claim back more on my SA?

    Started by InsertWittyNameHere555, 5th July 2017 13:01
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    10th July 2017 11:48 Go to last post
  2. Help! I think my umbrella company has screwed me over!

    I am having an absolute nightmare and need some help! I've been contracting since August 2016 and at the time I was rushed into choosing an umbrella company to use, a friend of mine recommended me Payerise and I blindly just went with them as she told me she had used them years without issue. ...

    Started by londongirl7, 11th April 2017 20:20
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    hmrc, payerise, tax, umbrella
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    7th July 2017 14:14 Go to last post
  3. Tek umbrella ltd

    TEK UMBRELLA LTD, Company Number: 09074178. Just a little note about these people. I followed a link from a major business networking site this morning and it lead me here https://www They claim you can keep 92% of your earnings, fully compliant etc..... so I thought I...

    Started by Fred Bloggs, 7th July 2017 00:21
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    7th July 2017 07:07 Go to last post
  4. Lightbulb Advice and Guidance

    Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I come to you all today to ask for advice and guidance in regards to a change of circumstance in my employment terms. I have been employed for the same company in the UK for over 14 years as a full time employee. I have moved to France to support a...

    Started by Shaft1able, 21st June 2017 18:47
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    22nd June 2017 13:54 Go to last post
  5. First Time Using and Umbrella Compnay

    Hi, First time I am going to be using an umbrella company. I am self employed as a sole trader. In order for the agency to make a payment to the umbrella company I have to raise an invoice for my work. As the umbrella company already pays the tax and other stuff from the gross payment do I still...

    Started by bosphorus, 15th June 2017 10:37
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    16th June 2017 10:43 Go to last post
  6. Post General question about invoices and umbrella companies

    As a freelancer I have been required to use an umbrella company to work for an agency. My question is I need to submit an invoice to the agency for them to pay the umbrella company however do I still declare this amount which I will have already paid tax for during my self assessment? Thanks

    Started by bosphorus, 15th June 2017 21:33
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    16th June 2017 04:47 Go to last post
  7. Short and disappointing preferred supplier list and SDC

    I am hopefully going to begin a short term contract next week as a manager over 2 sites. I spoke with the agency today and hoped that Contractor Umbrella would be on their list, but instead there is Umbrella, Giant, JSA and Parasol. From searching this forum they are all ones to avoid - but is one...

    Started by Flips, 2nd June 2017 16:45
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    8th June 2017 09:40 Go to last post
  8. What incentive is there for umbrellas to chase payment

    Like most I work through an umbrella company and like most my employment contract with them is min wage plus bonus, so when they don't get paid they are only liable to pay me min wage. There doesn't seem to be much incentive for them to chase payments for the 20 or so they commission they get...

    Started by bikeman, 8th May 2017 12:25
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    7th June 2017 12:41 Go to last post
  9. Unsure whether I can leave my umbrella and use my own LTD company because of contract

    Hi guys, Got a quick question for you. After seeing out a three month contract (my first one), I've been offered an extension of another 3 months. I've been with Giant Group for the initial three months who've been processing my pay roll. After looking over my take home pay it seems i'd be...

    Started by LJCopy, 7th June 2017 08:55
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    7th June 2017 11:16 Go to last post
  10. Help! New Contractor Looking for Umbrella Company for Holland/UK work

    Looking for advice, new contractor (in process of setting things up) after being made redundant, UK resident but picked up a few months contract work in Rotterdam, will be commuting home every 2-3 weeks for a few days, struggling to find an umbrella company that can help with UK and Holland...

    Started by gallusbesom, 4th June 2017 14:01
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    6th June 2017 08:45 Go to last post
  11. Parasol Umbrella - STAY AWAY

    Parasol is simply an unprofessional and frustrating company to deal with. When you are in an email chain with them, every email is answered by a new person and is sent as a new email so there is no way to properly keep track of all the emails (and there have been many emails!). When you call them...

    Started by LondonContractor101, 31st May 2017 09:51
    contractor, parasol, parasol contractor, parasol umbrella, umbrella
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    5th June 2017 13:36 Go to last post
  12. Thumbs down Parasol Group: A Warning (Do not use this Umbrella Company)

    Hi all. I just wanted to share my experience with Parasol. If you are thinking of using them, my one piece of advice to you is: don't. Find a different umbrella, or go Limited. I did some work with them for a two month contract (or thereabouts) a few months ago, and inputted my time sheets...

    Started by siouxsieryan, 21st February 2017 11:15
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    parasol, review, umbrella company
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    1st June 2017 10:35 Go to last post
  13. Newbie for only 3 months contract

    Hi guys! This is my first post. I have got a 3 months contract with the promise of getting permanent afterwards. They told me they needed someone ASAP (talked with them this morning and starting tomorrow) and it is faster for them to hire someone in a contract basis than permanent. It is my...

    Started by jesbelga, 23rd May 2017 09:31
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  14. Inside IR35 and working via a brolly, are expenses allowable?

    Just thought I would provide you with a copy of the response I got from HMRC with regards to a contractor who is caught by IR35 and working via an umbrella. We know that there are some companies saying they can probably still claim expenses, well this is what HMRC had to say... QUOTE: I think...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 26th May 2017 14:54
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  15. Umbrella company payslip - different amounts of tax

    Yes I have asked them! OK, been with umbrella since start of tax year. Also, provided them with tax code etc. Surely the tax every week (based on same gross) should be the same? Am I right? I've noticed it fluctuates a fair bit by 200 or so. Hmmmm.

    Started by psychocandy, 24th May 2017 13:10
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    26th May 2017 14:48 Go to last post
  16. Holiday/sick pay, hours offered etc

    All very confusing but I understand this is because of government legislation? Coming from previously ltd company setup I found it all very confusing when umbrella is talking about holiday pay/sick pay etc. And also the contract saying they were offering a minimum of 336 hours of work. All I...

    Started by psychocandy, 7th April 2017 02:44
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    24th May 2017 11:10 Go to last post
  17. Approach from Procorre

    I've been approached by Procorre saying they have work - however, they don't seem to want to provide a job spec and want to discuss over the phone. This is unusual as I only ever take projects within big blue chip organisations. I've read a few posts here about this outfit and there's more alarm...

    Started by flamel, 18th April 2016 20:06
    procorre ireland
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    23rd May 2017 09:10 Go to last post
  18. Umbrella company won't pay. What can we do

    Please note- It is the agency who won't pay not the umbrella company. Hi all, hoping someone would be able to help out or offer some advice. Offered 12 weeks of work from a company via agency. Worked 2 weeks without payment, was paid on the 3rd week, end of the 4th week the work was...

    Started by Jm90, 18th May 2017 16:50
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    19th May 2017 12:11 Go to last post
  19. Question on Umbrella Reviews

    Hi There Newbie to contracting here So my scenario is the following. I will only be a contractor for a short period of time for an IT role (6m only) then I'm back to permanent roles, this is why I want to use an umbrella company. But I'm really struggling to find how to get reviews of the...

    Started by LillyC, 12th May 2017 10:07
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    umbrella companies, umbrella recommendations
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    19th May 2017 12:02 Go to last post
  20. Feedback on ContractorUmbrella partner agencies on Capita CL1 supplier list

    Going back to an old PS client via Capita CL1 and client says the role will be inside IR35 under the new rules so to ensure a separate route than my previous outside IR35 contract with same client (though not via Capita) I'm going to use a different agency and use an umbrella instead of my Ltd (if...

    Started by Hobosapien, 16th May 2017 10:42
    • Replies: 1
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    17th May 2017 14:06 Go to last post

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