Contractor Tax

In this section you will find a number of simple guides to tax legislation that is likely to affect you and give you a basic understanding of what you need to be aware of.

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Tier 2 Visa’s & Umbrella Company Contractors

Contractors who want to apply for a visa to work in the UK on a contract should first visit the UK Border Agency website and use the Points Based Calculator to work out how many points they score.


What is a loan scheme, and why you shouldn’t use one

First thing’s first – what is a contractor loan scheme? Contractor loan schemes (or, as the Government calls them, disguised remuneration arrangements) take many forms – but the underlying structure is that a freelance or contract worker signs a contract of employment with an employer or EBT (employment benefit trust), usually located outside mainland UK Read More...


Claiming expenses as an Umbrella company employee

Restrictions on Umbrella employee expenses Prior to April 2016, it was possible for Umbrella employees to utilise a wide variety of expenses to reduce their tax bill. By far the most popular expenses were travel and daily meals (these were known as subsistence expenses). Other common expenses, included: Mobile phone Accommodation Clothing Training Subscriptions Equipment Read More...


Tax-free childcare scheme

How does the Tax-free Childcare Scheme work? To take advantage of the scheme, you’ll need to sign up. This gives you access to an online childcare account, which you can use to pay for childcare costs. For every £8 you put into the account, the government will top it up with £2 – so for Read More...


What are the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR)?

This article primarily addresses the AWR from a worker’s perspective. If you are looking for information about how AWR affects your business – whether as an end client hirer or as an organisation like a recruitment agency or umbrella company – we have further information here. The Agency Workers Regulations (2010), implemented to comply with Read More...


Agency Worker Regulations: Myths & Facts

Below are some of the common misconceptions contractors have whilst using an Umbrella Company and the actual truth behind the myths.


2017 changes to the Apprenticeship Levy

If you are a PSC contractor working in the Public Sector in April 2017 it will be for the organisation that pays the fee to the PSC to decide whether the relationship between the worker and the end client is really one of what HMRC will regard as employment.


Tax Arrangements for Off Payroll Public Sector Contractors

Following the review by HM Treasury into “Tax arrangements for public sector appointees”, we thought we would pre-empt companies that are now seeking assurances concerning the correct, fair and timely deductions and payments of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions for employees of Contractor Umbrella. So what does the new legislation mean? The review recognises Read More...



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