If you are outside IR35, you would typically take a small salary from your company which will allow you to benefit from statutory payments whilst minimising the amount of Employer’s and Employee’s National insurance and tax. The rest of the income you take from the company would be paid in the form of dividends which come out of the company’s post-tax profits.
The advantage of this is that dividends do not attract National Insurance and are taxed under the Corporation Tax regime.
If however you are caught by IR35 on an engagement then the majority of your income would be treated as “deemed salary” and subject to the same levels of taxation as a normal employee. There may still be some benefits of working via a limited company even if IR35 caught such as flat rate VAT and certain expense allowances but the financial advantages are less.
Along with over 13 years experience in the contractor payroll industry, and after spending most of his working life as a financial advisor in the regulated financial services industry, Mike has garnered an extensive network of contacts in the recruitment industry, many of whom trust both him and the One Click Group to handle their accounting. Mike has also been a member of various industry bodies throughout the years, such as the British Institute of Recruiters, in order to champion best practices across the contractor payroll industry.