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    If you owe a small amount, that is your problem....

    If you owe a small amount, that is your problem. If you owe a huge amount, that's someone else's problem! :music:
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    Well, I was in agreement for all of your first...

    Well, I was in agreement for all of your first sentence. After that, what a load of bollocks.

    Just my opinion though. Im retired so dont have the hang ups you clear have.
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    I only went contracting in 1997. I virtually...

    I only went contracting in 1997. I virtually trippled my employment wage overnight even though the hourly rate was just over £30. But the 'overtime' I was allowed to work bumped up the income.
    ...
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    You dont seem to be grasping the concept of what...

    You dont seem to be grasping the concept of what these new interpretation of IR35 in the private sector means. You seem to think you have a 'real' choice, can just set up your own umbrella co and...
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    When the market is bouyant, there's little harm...

    When the market is bouyant, there's little harm in quoting your preferred rate and some more. The danger comes when the market is not bouyant and is, in fact, in decline.

    Quoting a rate up front...
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    Phfftf. This is nothing. I was once at a client...

    Phfftf. This is nothing. I was once at a client and they went to a single sole agency. Agency contacts me and says Im being 'transferred' over to them.

    Agency then demands 5 years previous...
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    Classic willy waving thread! Before I retired,...

    Classic willy waving thread!

    Before I retired, I was more interested in taking jobs that interested me, were what I wanted to do while having the time off between contracts, also doing what I...
  8. You do realise HMRC have to not object to your...

    You do realise HMRC have to not object to your limited co's closure for it to be struck off?
  9. What!? Some people think a couple of old commies,...

    What!? Some people think a couple of old commies, will repeal some legislation enacted by what they call 'tories with red ties' designed to maximise the tax take from so called dodgers?

    Really?...
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    Not when you factor in paid holidays, pension...

    Not when you factor in paid holidays, pension contributions and other perks and benefits such as paid sick, bonus etc, etc.
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    In a difficult market where jobs are few and far...

    In a difficult market where jobs are few and far between, dont dismiss an extension just because it goes over 24 months and travel expenses stop. Always remember 65%+ of something is a lot better...
  12. The issue here is HMRC has the opportunity to...

    The issue here is HMRC has the opportunity to object to any company closure. If they do object, the company isnt being closed and liable for investigation.
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    f you're looking to close your limited to take...

    f you're looking to close your limited to take advantage of ER, dont forget the 'Phoenixing Laws' which would stop you opening a new co and doing the same business for upto 2 years.
  14. I always found the two strongest indicators for...

    I always found the two strongest indicators for extension were:

    When your permie colleagues ask you for a deposit for the Christmas party
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    When the tottie in HR who you give your signed...
  15. Funny old world, contracting. When I worked away...

    Funny old world, contracting. When I worked away from home, I never had any issues regarding time and hours. Some of it was pre IR35 so there was never this nonesense anyway.

    I only ever managed...
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    Sadly, there's very little you can do if Huitson...

    Sadly, there's very little you can do if Huitson was your only grounds for appeal. MP stuffed up their appeal so the FTT decision on that became final. Gittin said he would bring a new appeal forward...
  17. Nope, not a new one (well, might be for London). ...

    Nope, not a new one (well, might be for London).

    I came across this more than a couple of times in my last 5 years of contracting in the North. Clients wanted someone 'local' presumambly so they...
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    Cough, WIPRO, cough, TATA, cough.

    Cough, WIPRO, cough, TATA, cough.
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    If you 'dont know' the things I pointed out, then...

    If you 'dont know' the things I pointed out, then you're clearly not as good as you think, Graham.
  20. :facepalm:

    :facepalm:
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    This sounds like you received the APN\FN and...

    This sounds like you received the APN\FN and either yourself or MP sent a 'Letter of Representation' asking HMRC review the issue of the APN\FN. For whatever reason, HMRC then sat on this request for...
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    Quacks like a duck, walks like a duck.........

    Quacks like a duck, walks like a duck.........
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    Well no, it 'pays' literally, for a certain...

    Well no, it 'pays' literally, for a certain poster on these forums to keep people on tenterhooks and looking over their shoulder. I have fully read the relevant documents posted. However, IANAL.
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    Gittins isnt in control of his destiny or string...

    Gittins isnt in control of his destiny or string of companies any more, the court appointed officials are.

    I think it's very unlikely the appointed officials, when 'upto speed,' would look to sell...
  25. Er, and where does Mr Qudos and others think...

    Er, and where does Mr Qudos and others think these contractors are going to go with the market how it is? Into the Public Sector where these IR35 rules are already in force? On the bench?

    Walking...
  26. As with any shoddy service dispute, you should...

    As with any shoddy service dispute, you should have been raising it with your acountant at the time and not storing them up. It's why you cannot go into a restaurant, order a meal, eat it all then...
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    Save yourself time and hassle. Just wind it up....

    Save yourself time and hassle. Just wind it up. Your 10 year standing limited will count for very little extra kudos if it is dormant for a couple of years and starts trading again.

    No 'new'...
  28. If you have a COPE, you have been contracted out...

    If you have a COPE, you have been contracted out for some period. You will not get the maximum State Pension, currently £168+ unless you manage to get 35 years non contracted out qualifying years in...
  29. There should be no 'appears to be from HMRC' at...

    There should be no 'appears to be from HMRC' at all. Either it is on HMRC headed toilet paper or it is not. If it is not, it is not from HMRC and is likely a scam.

    You suggest the only thing...
  30. Now you know why they get through loads of...

    Now you know why they get through loads of contract IT people in Skem! They must tell the permie Business and Dev teams just how tulipe their banking UI is, then, get told by said heads to take a hike...
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    Do not keep everything pent up inside. Do not be...

    Do not keep everything pent up inside. Do not be afraid or ashamed to seek help.

    Always remember, if you owe someone a lot of money, it is their problem. Im not familiar with the Loans debacle...
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    Nope. Lots of banking systems make the field...

    Nope. Lots of banking systems make the field mandatory and it actually appears as the payees name on a statement.

    As an example, try entering a joint account name as the recipient fora Paypal...
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    Cough, Santander, cough. Never ceases to amaze...

    Cough, Santander, cough.

    Never ceases to amaze me the number of banking systems that do not allow an ampersand. It's like they dont think an account with joint names exist.
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    Technically, yes, it is a breach but a very small...

    Technically, yes, it is a breach but a very small one. I was working on a finance project in the NE with some other contractors via an agency. Agency phoned one of the lads and said 'your last day is...
  35. Under most contracts, you'd be expected to...

    Under most contracts, you'd be expected to complete the 'remedial work' at your own time and expense. Seeing as this is the issue with your client not getting paid by the end User, it seems to me you...
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    OP needs to change their 'accountant.' I...

    OP needs to change their 'accountant.'

    I suspect the accountant 'knows' the new PC is not going to be used by the business and is just using the 'wholly and exclusive' and being out of contract as...
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    Thanks. I thought it was more likely to be the...

    Thanks. I thought it was more likely to be the CoA.
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    Before either side can appeal an FTT decision,...

    Before either side can appeal an FTT decision, they must first get permission, called Leave, to appeal.

    Normally the FTT decision will include a statement in its judgement that Leave to appeal is...
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    No wonder contractors have a bad name. What...

    No wonder contractors have a bad name.

    What you do is act professionally. You deliver your contracted tasks and goals. If you deliver them with plenty of time left in the day, you go home.

    If...
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    Im retired but not yet state pension retirement...

    Im retired but not yet state pension retirement age. if I had a million quid, I wouldnt by an annuity or even consider sticking the million in any pension 'pot.' Even taking 40 grand a year, the...
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    Getting out of a car lease deal is very...

    Getting out of a car lease deal is very expensive. Virtually all car leasing deals I know of have punitive exit costs. In fact, you'll likely end up having to pay virtually all the remaining lease...
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    He's probably spinning you BS on his rate!

    He's probably spinning you BS on his rate!
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    The fly in the oinment here is, you can...

    The fly in the oinment here is, you can (eventually) tell the agent you're no longer interested but, who's to say the next advertised role will not end up the same ie advertised at a rate to wind you...
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    FTFY.

    FTFY.
  45. I avoided them like the plague. Their approach...

    I avoided them like the plague. Their approach was worst than a second hand car salesman wanting their next sale. The push for 'who was your previous manager,' 'give me two referees up front so it...
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    To be brutally honest, if you have this history...

    To be brutally honest, if you have this history and with respect, issues, Id suggest contracting isnt for you.

    The market is more competitive than ever from what I read and hear. As soon as...
  47. 170k is the Government's default number...

    170k is the Government's default number apparently. They used the 170k figure as the number of people they 'expect' to register for the drone registration database despite there not being 170k drone...
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    Yeah, I bet you really impressed the client who...

    Yeah, I bet you really impressed the client who agreed a 50/50 WFH to find behind his back you wanted and held out fo 100% WFH. Way to go!
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    Smacks of permietractor mindset to me. Your role...

    Smacks of permietractor mindset to me. Your role is underthreat, bottom line. You either continue working until you're official told or look to go early.
  50. LOL. Happened to me once with Crap Gemini. Agent...

    LOL. Happened to me once with Crap Gemini. Agent said it was a 17 weeker, six weeks in I got a call saying contract notice being served, nothing to worry about, not your fault etc.

    I actually felt...
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