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18th September 2004, 22:35
Hi, I’m about to start a short term contract. In fact, I have not been earning for last three years. Due to IR35, I’m not sure if I’m going to open up a new company this time – things have changed so much. What’s your suggestion? If umbrella, do you have a good one to recommend?



20th September 2004, 09:59
Do you think you will be contracting for a few years, or just a few months?

If just a few months then go for an umbrella.

If you think you’ll be at it for a while, consider a Ltd Company. If you think you might be outside IR35 (a difficult thing for you to know I admit) or may have an interest in doing other bits of work, then definitely go for a Ltd.

If you think you may be inside IR35 then it’s a closer call, but it still seems to be better to go for a Ltd.

20th September 2004, 16:52
following on from what planetit has written, the usual accepted advice is to use an umbrella company for a one-off contract of six months or less and an accountant/Ltd for everything else.