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  1. No, it's not normal. Im surprised so many here...

    No, it's not normal. Im surprised so many here think it is. It is normal for the agency to ask this not the client. Your contract is with the agency (unless you're direct).

    Would I be happy to...
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    This is just complete bollocks and you really...

    This is just complete bollocks and you really shouldnt let facts stand in the way of your bias.

    Cognizant havent just driven down rates in the last year or so. I worked on a project with Virgin...
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    A lot depends on whether HMRC are only...

    A lot depends on whether HMRC are only investigating 1 tax year and how much money was passed through the umbrella, basically, what's the amount of your exposure? It also depends on whether you want...
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    And now? :popcorn:

    And now? :popcorn:
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    Seriously!?! :facepalm: :popcorn:

    Seriously!?!

    :facepalm: :popcorn:
  6. Are you a personal trainer streaming keep fit...

    Are you a personal trainer streaming keep fit classes over the net to the great unwashed and unhealthy?

    If so, yes. If not, no. Crack on.
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    tulip or bust?

    tulip or bust?
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    Plan D has already been achieved but, the guy was...

    Plan D has already been achieved but, the guy was eventually caught and sent down for about 15 years IIRC. Oh, and he didnt get to keep the lottery 'win.'

    Good luck.
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    Sticky: They did when I attempted to claim a couple of...

    They did when I attempted to claim a couple of years back. And, because Id decided to take my Civil Service pension (couldnt defer it, they said it would be lost for the period I didnt take it), my...
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    And you believed them?!?

    And you believed them?!?
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    No, why? You know agents are hiring?

    No, why? You know agents are hiring?
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    I think it's going to be incredibly hard to...

    I think it's going to be incredibly hard to contact any agents and clients right now. Clients are only going to be concerned with staying in business at best.

    Agents, how many will be in the...
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    'One guy'? I personally know of two 'contractors'...

    'One guy'? I personally know of two 'contractors' who had been at Virgin Money in Gosforth for 7 and 10 years respectively. They were both so 'part and parcel' of the client they both had allocated...
  14. Ah! Fieldglass, that brinks back memories!

    Ah! Fieldglass, that brinks back memories!
  15. You learnt a harsh lesson the hard way. And that...

    You learnt a harsh lesson the hard way. And that lesson is, a bird in the hand......
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    What did your accountant say?

    What did your accountant say?
  17. Shouldnt this be in General as it's not a serious...

    Shouldnt this be in General as it's not a serious professional thread?!
  18. Yeah, just seen Andy Chamberlaine of IPSE saying...

    Yeah, just seen Andy Chamberlaine of IPSE saying the Government should give IT Contractors and the rest 80% of their 'normal' income.

    Even as a retired contractor, he's taking the piss asking for...
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    Nope but you'll probably walk lobsided!

    Nope but you'll probably walk lobsided!
  20. These delivery companies generally want off...

    These delivery companies generally want off street parking as a minimum and garage for more security especially if they leave you a highly spec'd desireable vehicle. Obviously most people doing this...
  21. Public Sector had to bow down to Government...

    Public Sector had to bow down to Government policy and it's ultimate paymaster. Plenty on here said dont worry, wont happen in the Private Sector. Except it has, only worse.

    Private Sector stands...
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    Nope. Statutory redundancy payments arent...

    Nope. Statutory redundancy payments arent minimums or maximums, tax free amount excepted.

    These are statutory ie as covered by statute, what employees are entitled to under employment law when...
  23. Delivering vehicles seems a decent little number...

    Delivering vehicles seems a decent little number until you really investigate it. As the driver, you are responsible for the condition of the vehicle from pick up to delivery. You have to go over the...
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    You mean you dont like what your accountant has...

    You mean you dont like what your accountant has told you? Official redundancy pay is calculated based on the actually salary drawn and a multiplier applied based on length of years employment.

    Do...
  25. :facepalm: :popcorn: :cheers:

    :facepalm: :popcorn: :cheers:
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    What did you accountant say when you challenged...

    What did you accountant say when you challenged him \ her about this? If you arent satisfied with the service your accountant provides, change them.

    There are some very good smaller accountancy...
  27. According to the Vetting Agency \ Cabinet Office,...

    According to the Vetting Agency \ Cabinet Office, SC roles are supposed to be open to as many suitable contractors as possible. However, Government Depts get around this by saying it is an 'urgent'...
  28. Ouch!

    Ouch!
  29. Nope. It's all about bringing as many people as...

    Nope. It's all about bringing as many people as possible into scope of PAYE and limiting the number of people able to write off tax deductibles to the fewest possible.
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    If your company isnt a PSC, what is it? Have you...

    If your company isnt a PSC, what is it? Have you had it confirmed by anyone that your company isnt a PSC or is that just your opinion?

    Id really suggest you need to speak to a professional such as...
  31. LMFAO. Yes, it really is easy to argue the above....

    LMFAO. Yes, it really is easy to argue the above. On a web forum, that is. Try arguing with HMRC and see how 'easy' arguing with them really is.



    Oh dear, I sense you've never been the subject...
  32. What should have stopped you in your tracks over...

    What should have stopped you in your tracks over buying a Tesla are the absolute horror stories of owners in the US when the vehicle gets to about 3 years old. And no, it's nothing to do with the...
  33. Sticky: LOL, no. It was rhetorical.

    LOL, no. It was rhetorical.
  34. Sticky: The point being HMRC can ride roughshod over...

    The point being HMRC can ride roughshod over legislation if they want and, it's down to the tax payer to prove HMRC acted dishonestly \ incorrectly \ illegally, call it what you want. It will cost...
  35. Yes, you could but remember: EV cost a premium...

    Yes, you could but remember:

    EV cost a premium over their ICE equivalent.

    An EV may suit your mileage right now but what about the next contract that needs an overnight stay?

    Current EV...
  36. Surely your first port of call should be your...

    Surely your first port of call should be your client? If they arent happy with such an arrangement, you're goosed.
  37. Not a single one of them is closing their limited...

    Not a single one of them is closing their limited cos without HMRC's say so. Or, to be more accurate, HMRC not objecting to the closure of the ltd.

    With lots of one man IT limited cos applying to...
  38. I think you'd be better having a quick talk with...

    I think you'd be better having a quick talk with Kate Cottrell of Bauer & Cottrell or Qdos about this. They may give some advice for free or charge you but I honestly think that would be your best...
  39. Sadly, I think you start from a false premise:And...

    Sadly, I think you start from a false premise:And that is that many contractors are not of the contractor mindset. They are really permies working on a contract basis.

    In my 20+ year contracting...
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    Yes, you're clearly blackballed by them. It...

    Yes, you're clearly blackballed by them. It happens despite people here saying it doesnt.

    Ive been blackballed twice in the past, one by an ex colleague who via the old boys network, got himself a...
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    You beat me to it. The devil is in what HMRC do...

    You beat me to it. The devil is in what HMRC do not say.
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    Yes, indeed it is tantamount to D&C. That's the...

    Yes, indeed it is tantamount to D&C. That's the reality for the majority of contractors.

    And yes, 'rules' should be viewed on in the loosest sense and I agree about 'professional courtesy'!
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    LOL and rightly so. Didnt you think it would be...

    LOL and rightly so. Didnt you think it would be in the least bit polite to say, "Sorry, Im really going to struggle to get some work done because Ive left my glasses at home which I need. Im \ you're...
  44. Sticky: No one see the potential elephant in the room...

    No one see the potential elephant in the room here? This consultancy may satisfy the IR35 exemption but, that just shifts the IR35 onus onto you. And if it is a contrived arrangement to get around...
  45. Dear Lord, people believe a new in post...

    Dear Lord, people believe a new in post Chancellor and HMRC both sayin' "Dont worry lads, we wont kick your arses from here to kingdom come. Honest!"

    Some people here are wet behind the ears being...
  46. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is...

    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King.

    Let these contractors who do not 'really think there's a risk,' crack on and see where their 'good intentions' get them with the ever so decent...
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    The Leaf has been left behind especially regards...

    The Leaf has been left behind especially regards battery management and charging, there are far better alternatives in the same price range.

    The Kia E Niro, E Soul, and Hyundai E Kona as well as...
  48. If you've been offered your first contract and...

    If you've been offered your first contract and it's inside, there's little point forming a limited at this point as you'll just be incurring accountants fees with nothing going into the company.
    ...
  49. Did more jobs get offshored under Javid? Seems a...

    Did more jobs get offshored under Javid? Seems a strange connection to make, if Im honest.
  50. What's the motivation to use this convoluted set...

    What's the motivation to use this convoluted set up, to avoid UK taxes?
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