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    ftfy

    ftfy
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    Your forgot about your 'doing work for...

    Your forgot about your 'doing work for charity/community' day and 'bake off' competitions.
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    Absolutely spot on.

    Absolutely spot on.
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    Feel exactly the same. Whilst I've no desire to...

    Feel exactly the same. Whilst I've no desire to be benched come end February, out of pride, reality (and the missus) suggests I need some time off. I have several plan B's that have been lined up...
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    LinkedIn had all kinds of technical issues a few...

    LinkedIn had all kinds of technical issues a few days ago, lasted half-a-day or so. Embarrassing. Wonder if that's this fantastic new world of CD?
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    But what if he paid for a 12 month train season...

    But what if he paid for a 12 month train season ticket and 12 months lease on a flat whilst he was still contracting and then found himself forced to go on the payroll? The Ltd has already incurred...
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    well, seems like my time has come as current...

    well, seems like my time has come as current client not extending my contract beyond its end date (end Feb). Change of management (for the worse), an army of Eastern Europeans via consultancy and a...
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    So it's fair that a granny living in a big house...

    So it's fair that a granny living in a big house she's lived in all her life had to pay massively more tax than a bunch of half-4rsed chavs with a family of six 5hitty kids, lining up a convoy of...
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    No, because the Poll Tax was actually a fair tax,...

    No, because the Poll Tax was actually a fair tax, it's just that the poor with big families didn't like it. In everything we do, we generally pay for what we consume. Which makes the Poll Tax...
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    You just did!

    You just did!
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    To both, I'm more interested in people's own...

    To both, I'm more interested in people's own 'views' on the questions asked than researching what the answers are. I genuinely believe there will be many contractors resigned to jumping on the...
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    PSC obligations

    Seen a lot of comments on here about closing the Limited company, or dormancy, and going via umbrella or perm but surely it's not that simple? Like us as individuals, companies have obligations of...
  13. Thread: Useful tool

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    I missed the other thread as well. Actually...

    I missed the other thread as well. Actually that's a lie, as having referred to it I saw endless bickering and so it turned me right off. In fact there's a lot of bickering on a lot of threads...
  14. Thread: Useful tool

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    Useful tool

    Find fairer IR35 clients. OffPayroll.org.uk

    useful to me anyway as it's told me my clients approach (PAYE/umbrella) before they've even bothered!

    **** 'em
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    https://comps.canstockphoto.com/man-with-briefcase...

    https://comps.canstockphoto.com/man-with-briefcase-pictures_csp30687681.jpg
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    Last couple of clients throwing everything into...

    Last couple of clients throwing everything into the cloud.
  17. I'd wait to see what tomorrow brings: Oral...

    I'd wait to see what tomorrow brings:

    Oral Questions for answer beginning on Monday 23 December 2019

    (Yes the title of the page is a bit misleading!)

    May all get canned. 3 questions on IR35...
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    I can be sunbathing on the beach in the morning...

    I can be sunbathing on the beach in the morning and skiing in the Sierra Nevada near Granada in the afternoon (2 hours drive). It's a weird feeling sitting on the beach staring across the med and...
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    Well, I'm out in Southern Spain right now and I...

    Well, I'm out in Southern Spain right now and I have one of those nasty winter colds to which you refer so climate is no guarantee of avoidance. Pretty cold today - 14 degrees and cloudy. Whilst...
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    No, and this is what really p155es me off. Talk...

    No, and this is what really p155es me off. Talk about abusing a dominant position. So, the public sector, unable to find contractors willing to work inside IR35, magically lift the rates. I've...
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    If my client doesn't offer an extension on that...

    If my client doesn't offer an extension on that same outside basis then I'm doing precisely that on Feb 23rd when my contract is up. I'll survey the UK market and see what's around whilst...
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    Needn't be that harsh. I could stop contracting...

    Needn't be that harsh. I could stop contracting tomorrow and not need another billable day for at least 10 years.
  23. My deepest condolences. Still, one less.

    My deepest condolences. Still, one less.
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    Good for you. My fate is soon to be...

    Good for you.

    My fate is soon to be discovered as contract is up for renewal end Feb. But it's a very easy decision for me to make. Either it stays as it is or I'm out the door. There is...
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    I find this a bit far fetched. If permie...

    I find this a bit far fetched. If permie resources were so readily available, why would the client commission contractors in the first place? Isn't it a bit of wishful thinking to suggest that...
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    I really can't subscribe to this way of thinking....

    I really can't subscribe to this way of thinking. There's NO WAY I would even entertain such a thing. I'm not sidelining my Ltd company of almost 20 years because some clown has decided all...
  27. which of the option 2's are you referring to? ;-)

    which of the option 2's are you referring to? ;-)
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    Impressive but I'm talking about a single...

    Impressive but I'm talking about a single client/project with billable days consisting of regular days, weekends and additional hours added up to days.
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    231 with an enforced xmas furlough. I was hoping...

    231 with an enforced xmas furlough. I was hoping 2020 would be more given it's a leap year but the bastard falls on a weekend!

    It saddens me that this is WAY less than I did in 2017 - 275 days...
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    I wouldn't worry too much because Sky will be...

    I wouldn't worry too much because Sky will be dead and buried in due course. The days of mandatory TV licences and Sky bundles of dozens of channels of cr4p, laced with adverts at £ 100+ a month...
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    They shouldn't be confident about that given...

    They shouldn't be confident about that given there's a waiting list for countries to join the EU!
  32. Thread: Aviva

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    They’re cheap.

    They’re cheap.
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    JP Morgan show their hand

    and it's a similar one to those seen before:

    new contracts/engagements from 1st Jan, inside PAYE

    existing contracts to 1st March then PAYE
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    hey I've got TWO mortgages so there's a lot at...

    hey I've got TWO mortgages so there's a lot at stake. But I've been in this game long enough to know two things. 1) it always turns around again and I believe this (IR35/Brexit) will be no...
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    Lifting the higher rate tax threshold to £ 80k as...

    Lifting the higher rate tax threshold to £ 80k as Boris intended would even more attractive!
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    True but it should get the Tories showing their...

    True but it should get the Tories showing their hand.
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    Labour pledge to halt IR35

    Labour pledges to halt IR35 in private sector at IPSE event | PoliticsHome.com

    Sadly they also plan on taxing us all to death by other means, including raising the rate of dividend tax. :-(
    ...
  38. This ^^^^^ My short-term contract with...

    This ^^^^^

    My short-term contract with previous client came to an end and at 16:30 on the final Friday, 225 miles away from home, this big guy and his second, came marching down the corridor and...
  39. Thread: New CEST

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    ha ha ha. Funny scenario. Cheers.

    ha ha ha. Funny scenario. Cheers.
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    You conveniently ended the comparison. Sally...

    You conveniently ended the comparison.

    Sally can't be bothered getting out of bed this morning so the throws a sicky but still gets paid for it. When she returns, Sally books 2 weeks off paid...
  41. WTF?!?!

    WTF?!?!
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    it's not the rate, it's the principle. you'd...

    it's not the rate, it's the principle.

    you'd also have time off
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    meaning that instead of people aspiring to...

    meaning that instead of people aspiring to achieve things and raising their game accordingly, they'd rather drag successful go getters down to their level and pick their pockets.
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    It's expectations like this that make me consider...

    It's expectations like this that make me consider topping myself. Aside from permie roles, who can survive on that kind of income? Am I just living in a different world?
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    I'm not buying that one. Using Brexit as an...

    I'm not buying that one. Using Brexit as an excuse when the reality is the industry is moving away from combustion engines to electric and they've not kept up with the pace (pun intended).
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    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
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    Most of my contractor pals will be doing the...

    Most of my contractor pals will be doing the same. Multiply that £ 60k by a few thousand and it starts to make a difference.

    I know of no proper established contractor that would be forced into a...
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    Very wrong. I for one won't put up with it. If...

    Very wrong. I for one won't put up with it. If the clients and agents think they can squeeze me from a consultant to doing a permie job earning a fraction of the income then it is they who are not...
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    F**k the banks. They are the 5hittiest places on...

    F**k the banks. They are the 5hittiest places on earth to work. I should know I've contracted at a fair few of them, though none since mid-2014. Can't say I miss them or their multiple rate cuts...
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    That's one hell of a 'merge request' :-D Good...

    That's one hell of a 'merge request' :-D

    Good luck either way.
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