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  1. *Clients Small, but important distinction.

    *Clients

    Small, but important distinction.
  2. MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules

    Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors • The Register
  3. Hi Wary Yes, some umbrella companies did...

    Hi Wary

    Yes, some umbrella companies did indeed furlough workers. They also took on financial risk (with some regretting it afterwards!) that we decided we weren't prepared to take.

    Now that...
  4. Hi LondonManc, Heh, it's funny how things are...

    Hi LondonManc,

    Heh, it's funny how things are sometimes perceived.

    The latter part of 2019 and all of 2020 has been hectic. We've grown significantly as a business (and won some awards on the...
  5. Hi Sandy100, Thanks for your co-operation. ...

    Hi Sandy100,

    Thanks for your co-operation.

    As you're aware, unfortunately there was an issue with invoicing within the end clients invoice deadline, and to rectify this we processed the...
  6. Hi Sandy100, What issue are you having? ...

    Hi Sandy100,

    What issue are you having?

    I'll PM you the Compliance Manager's email address. Please explain the issue in its entirety and he will respond as soon as possible.


    Kind regards
  7. It's not that high. :facepalm: The cost of...

    It's not that high. :facepalm:

    The cost of full FCSA Accredited Membership is dependent on the size of your business and the number of models you operate. Fees for Accredited Membership and the...
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    Hi Phil I'm sorry to hear that. The losses...

    Hi Phil

    I'm sorry to hear that.

    The losses were due to office relocation costs and spending on software improvements because of growth within the business.

    If you would still like us to...
  9. This is most likely the requirement of the...

    This is most likely the requirement of the agency/client. Best to speak with them as the umbrella won't be able to help with this.

    Also, are you sure that you've read the employment contract...
  10. Some umbrella companies have reduced margins for...

    Some umbrella companies have reduced margins for some agencies, depending on what others on the PSL are offering.

    If your margin is £95 per month, and others are offering £85 per month, you will...
  11. Hi pacontracting, It comes from the bottom...

    Hi pacontracting,

    It comes from the bottom line. If it's a well established business, there is usually some provision for these sorts of things.

    Thanks


    Zeeshan
  12. Hi Umbrella workers are agency workers. We...

    Hi

    Umbrella workers are agency workers. We employ some on very high rates.

    I know this because when we get comparator information back from the agency/client to comply with AWR, the perms are...
  13. Yes, the umbrella employer would have to ensure...

    Yes, the umbrella employer would have to ensure the agency worker is receiving at least the same amount of pay as a permanent comparator. Some rights ("day 1 rights") are the responsibility of the...
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    Wow. Oh, yes. Agreed. For inside-IR35...

    Wow.



    Oh, yes. Agreed. For inside-IR35 contractors, the rate advertised/agreed should be the rate paid to them, subject to tax and NI.

    Thanks

    Zeeshan
  15. I don't believe that AWR will be much of an issue...

    I don't believe that AWR will be much of an issue for clients/agencies in light of the IR35 reforms. The rates of pay for inside-IR35 contractors are still above most permanent comparators from what...
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    Is this the general view amongst contractors? ...

    Is this the general view amongst contractors?

    For example, surely the £800 per day the MOD have agreed with AMS is not considered the contractor's money? The contractor's money would only be the...
  17. Hi AWR will apply to inside-IR35 contractors,...

    Hi

    AWR will apply to inside-IR35 contractors, even if they're PSCs.

    The guidance states:

    The definition of an agency worker excludes those who are in a "profession or business undertaking...
  18. Sticky: Hi eek, From the post you linked, both of the...

    Hi eek,

    From the post you linked, both of the top points are worded in a way that would imply something fishy is going on.

    It could be argued that NMW is indeed a "salary portion" (as both NMW...
  19. Sticky: Hi cojak, Most compliant umbrellas use 'NMW...

    Hi cojak,

    Most compliant umbrellas use 'NMW and profit share/bonus' type wording in the employment contracts, so some of your terms may come up.


    Thanks

    Zeeshan
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    Haha :laugh Not at all. We just wanted to get...

    Haha :laugh

    Not at all. We just wanted to get a better understanding of the issues.

    Kind regards


    Zeeshan
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    Hi splitbrain, PM sent. Thanks Zeeshan

    Hi splitbrain,

    PM sent.


    Thanks

    Zeeshan
  22. Hi eatenrifles, That's not a blanket...

    Hi eatenrifles,

    That's not a blanket determination. The legislation states that the end client has to make reasonable efforts in its assessments, otherwise they're in hot water.

    Not sure if...
  23. They haven't actually made a blanket...

    They haven't actually made a blanket determination, as that's not allowed. They've just said that they don't want the hassle/risk of dealing with PSCs under the reforms.



    Agreed.

    That's why...
  24. True, but it's relevant for the purpose of...

    True, but it's relevant for the purpose of claiming expenses. If the role is considered inside-IR35, then expenses for most workers are not allowed as the position is also considered under the...
  25. Except for multi-site workers going to several...

    Except for multi-site workers going to several sites as part of their assignment, in which the umbrella can process mileage through payroll because AMAPS wasn't affected by the change in salary...
  26. Hi The expenses reduce the taxable pay (down...

    Hi

    The expenses reduce the taxable pay (down to a minimum of NMW), they're not paid as a like-for-like sum. It's always been this way through umbrella, even before the April 2016 T&S changes.
    ...
  27. Hi JonSmile It's interesting that the umbrella...

    Hi JonSmile

    It's interesting that the umbrella company could determine your SDC status from a sales call.

    A proper umbrella would go through a fact finding exercise to determine different...
  28. Hi NLUK, I don't think this implies that the...

    Hi NLUK,

    I don't think this implies that the end client details need to be added.

    From experience, only the contractor details have ever been included in the report. The template can be found...
  29. HMRC announces change to the off-payroll working rules

    HMRC announces change to the off-payroll working rules - GOV.UK
  30. Hi vlc, I think it's important to work with a...

    Hi vlc,

    I think it's important to work with a company you can trust.

    Also, it's not the accreditor (FCSA) that audits us. It's either EY, BDO or Saffery Champness. Proper auditors that assess...
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    If the agency/client want a higher level of...

    If the agency/client want a higher level of insurance, then the umbrella can speak to their insurers to increase it in your specific instance. It doesn't even have to be a change across the board....
  32. Hi ascender, Is this within the employment...

    Hi ascender,

    Is this within the employment contract? If so, the contract will contain standard terms outlining the expected hours of work, and start and finish times, but should also state that...
  33. Hi ascender, Be careful of umbrellas that...

    Hi ascender,

    Be careful of umbrellas that assume you can claim certain amounts. Unless they have done an SDC test, they can't say whether expenses will be applicable.

    Many contractors claim...
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    Sticky: Hi Sheep1019284, You're talking about the IR35...

    Hi Sheep1019284,

    You're talking about the IR35 rules here. This is completely different to umbrella employment.


    Thanks

    Zeeshan
  35. Hi malvolio Agreed with most of the above. ...

    Hi malvolio

    Agreed with most of the above.

    However, some compliant umbrellas offer the reimbursement of legitimate expenses too. For example, mileage under AMAPS is perfectly fine for non-SDC,...
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    Yep, in early 2019. We've tweaked and improved...

    Yep, in early 2019.

    We've tweaked and improved the service in some respects to better cater to our contractors (especially in light of the IR35 reforms).

    Kind regards


    Zeeshan
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    Sticky: Hi Sheep1019284, The margin is the profit the...

    Hi Sheep1019284,

    The margin is the profit the umbrella company makes by providing your services to the agency or the client. This is deducted from the umbrella income on a weekly or monthly basis,...
  38. Sticky: Hi Hanbanthankyoumam Nothing like this...

    Hi Hanbanthankyoumam

    Nothing like this happens. I thought you meant that maybe some FCSA umbrellas were colluding to keep margins at the same level, which I doubt FCSA members would do. I can...
  39. Sticky: Hi Hanbanthankyoumam, No, I don't think that's...

    Hi Hanbanthankyoumam,

    No, I don't think that's the case. We've recently been put on another PSL and all umbrella's have different margins (we didn't have to change ours). It's a business decision...
  40. This requirement applies to recruitment...

    This requirement applies to recruitment businesses, and will come into effect from 6 April 2020.

    There's ambiguity whether an umbrella employer is within scope of the legislation, but the...
  41. Hi This is a pretty standard CIS affair. The...

    Hi

    This is a pretty standard CIS affair. The payroll provider/umbrella is registered for 'gross status' and so can engage CIS subcontractors and pay them CIS wages.

    Paul C, this has been going...
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    Hi kumarz, Contractor Umbrella has always been...

    Hi kumarz,

    Contractor Umbrella has always been owned by Simon Dolan, even during the SJD days. It's only recently (late 2018) that it was decided to bring both Contractor Umbrella and Dolan...
  43. Yes, that is correct. Thanks Zeeshan

    Yes, that is correct.


    Thanks

    Zeeshan
  44. Hi tenten, I agree with what you've said. ...

    Hi tenten,

    I agree with what you've said.

    If the client has given an SDS which indicates an 'inside' status, then the umbrella employer would be unlikely to allow expenses (other than mileage...
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    I agree with you. I interpreted your original...

    I agree with you.

    I interpreted your original post as saying that fee payers could potentially make deemed payments without doing/receiving an SDS which confirms the inside position.

    But yes,...
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    Hi James It needs to be remembered that the...

    Hi James

    It needs to be remembered that the fee payer deductions can only be made if the end client has given an "inside" determination. The deductions can't be made if the end client hasn't done...
  47. Hi mogga71, Everybody contributes to the...

    Hi mogga71,

    Everybody contributes to the company pension scheme, Scottish Widows, and then our workers can move these funds over to their own preferred scheme/SIPP. Scottish Widows does not charge...
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    Hi mogga71 Yes, the calculations are correct....

    Hi mogga71

    Yes, the calculations are correct.


    Kind regards

    Zeeshan
  49. Hi pacontracting, You're right in that the...

    Hi pacontracting,

    You're right in that the legislation only affects Ltd company contractors, but if the end-client says that the role is inside-IR35 and/or they won't be entertaining Ltd Co's,...
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    Apologies eek. Maybe my explanation would have...

    Apologies eek. Maybe my explanation would have been clearer on the phone.


    Kind regards

    Zeeshan
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