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Supervision, Direction and Control – the story continues

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the very people responsible for making decisions around the implementation of SDC at HMRC’s headquarters in a rainy London. I was accompanied by a number of umbrella company owners and directors representing All Umbrella Companies Are Equal (AUCAE).

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Financial Services for contractors

If you are a contractor or have recently taken the first steps into contracting or freelancing then you will realise that your finances might be a little more complicated than a permanent employee. You might be receiving income from your own limited company in the form of dividends or you may be working through an umbrella company where your income might change from week to week.

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2015 tax return checklist

Are you ready for your 2015 tax return?

Most UK tax payers won’t ever have to complete a tax return under the Self-Assessment system as they pay the correct amount of tax through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) via their employer. However many of us will have to complete a return to allow HMRC to calculate how much tax we owe them (or sometimes they might owe us).

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Business as usual

We’ve now had a few days to digest the information contained in Wednesday’s release of the draft legislation covering the treatment of travel and subsistence expenses for contractors. To paraphrase Mark Twain – “reports of the death of umbrella companies have been greatly exaggerated”.

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One Click Group nominated for The ContractorUK Reader Awards 2015

The ContractorUK Reader Awards 2015 – sponsored by professional indemnity insurer Hiscox – have officially opened and are now accepting votes!

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Autumn Statement 2015 considerations

So we watched the Chancellor deliver his Autumn Statement for over an hour, expecting some significant announcements on the future of contracting in the UK. At the very least we expected more information on the treatment of Travel and Subsistence expenses for temporary workers. Should we be disappointed or pleased that the speech made no reference to contractors?

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Offshore vs Onshore intermediaries

Any of us are easily tempted by the chance to get more, particularly when it comes to money. It is this natural temptation that attracts many contractors and freelancers to do things that if they were thinking logically, they would never dream of doing.

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Budget 2015: The impact on freelancers & contractors

George OsbourneChancellor of the Exchequer, gave his budget speech to Parliament on the 18th March 2015. This budget is set by HM Treasury for the revenues to be gathered by HM Revenue and Customs and the expenditures of the public sector, in compliance with government policy.

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Taxman’s IR35 yield drops 61%

The yearly yield from investigating contractors under IR35 regulations has fallen drastically from £1.1m to £430,000 between 2011 and 2014, with the number of enquiries also falling significantly from the year prior. On average, the total cost per enquiry has been falling year on year, with a significant drop in ROI from 2011 onwards. Why?

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IR35 April 2015 new regulation

The Employment Intermediaries Legislation, colloquially known as the IR35 is coming under pressure. The addition of reporting legislation coming into force from April 2015 may go a long way to rectify the overbearing process currently in place, but what do these new additions mean?

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