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  1. hmm.. have not decided whether it will be 100...

    hmm.. have not decided whether it will be 100 percent business or mainly business with some personal use. I can always keep using my current laptop for personal use.
    anyway thanks for your input....
  2. Wow. And here I am wasting my time on a forum....

    Wow. And here I am wasting my time on a forum. Makes me feel like sh*t.
  3. oohhh.... looks like I had a nice run till now......

    oohhh.... looks like I had a nice run till now... :)
  4. Yes, I would prefer not to use client's laptop....

    Yes, I would prefer not to use client's laptop. My current personal laptop is a bad alternative.
  5. Travelling mostly. Nice thread OP.

    Travelling mostly.
    Nice thread OP.
  6. well, my current personal laptop is rather old...

    well, my current personal laptop is rather old and heavy, I don't want to carry it to client site, which is why I want a new lighter one. If most client don't allow then it loses its main utility. :(...
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    police are only human, number of incidents seem...

    police are only human, number of incidents seem to be quite small for a large force, as another poster pointed out.
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    Well, most of us do not have time to stand...

    Well, most of us do not have time to stand ground, assess/investigate the situation and take necessary action, in such environment. Its perfectly normal to panic and try to flee.
    Even police wants...
  9. Should have mentioned in original question, who...

    Should have mentioned in original question, who here uses his/her own laptop on client site? My last client was pretty insistent on using their laptop due to 'security' issue.
  10. I asked when rates were changed, and he wanted me...

    I asked when rates were changed, and he wanted me to stick to it due to simplicity and little gain by going out of flat rate, in my case.
  11. Am on flat VAT and the laptop wont cost 2k. Not...

    Am on flat VAT and the laptop wont cost 2k. Not planning to buy anything else, so VAT back wont apply. Asked my accountant long time ago, he said it does not matter which card you use, but I guess I...
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    This forum is an odd place to bring up the issue...

    This forum is an odd place to bring up the issue of tax avoidance. :)
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    An honest politician but I don't like his stand...

    An honest politician but I don't like his stand on referendum.
    Well deserved I would say even then.
  14. Has anybody claimed laptop as business expense

    Wondering if anybody here has bought laptop for business purpose here can share the experience. Did you buy it using business bank account? Was the process as straightforward as a normal expense?
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    :tongue

    :tongue
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    I have not heard any substantive arguments (other...

    I have not heard any substantive arguments (other than small businesses being unnecessarily burdened which I concede). So am not going to change my mind. :)

    I usually ignore these kind of...
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    Nah, I think I broadly understand where HMRC is...

    Nah, I think I broadly understand where HMRC is coming from and why contractors are worried. The forum posts merely reflect one side of the story, its like asking turkey's view of chrismas, should...
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    sushhh :)

    sushhh :)
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    :moon:

    :moon:
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    the account department does not need to know the...

    the account department does not need to know the details of what you are doing, as long as they ensure the contract is outside IR35. HMRC provides service to check the compliance if you send your...
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    I have billed half day if it is me who needs the...

    I have billed half day if it is me who needs the rest of the day for my own need. If it is a client thing like chrismas eve, they don't mind me billing full day.
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    It better if client does it. Currently only...

    It better if client does it. Currently only public sector does it and it should be extended to private sector clients so that we all follow same rule.
    The clients usually have more resource to fight...
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    well if it not clear we should support any...

    well if it not clear we should support any legislation that tries to...
    I am not the one writing it, so we are all safe.. :)
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    I for one think broadening it to all private...

    I for one think broadening it to all private companies so that the market deals with it, is much better than HMRC dealing with them case by case basis. There is no way HMRC can have enough staff to...
  25. Not an accountant, so you need to verify this...

    Not an accountant, so you need to verify this with your accountant or other people here.

    Assuming you are not under 24 month rule, you can expense travel, accommodation. You can only show as...
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    I am slightly conflicted on this one because I...

    I am slightly conflicted on this one because I have got a role purely based on a reference(which I was reluctant to give).
    I guess there is only a tiny chance of that happening, which is why I never...
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    hope its all good. you cant be paid for the day...

    hope its all good.
    you cant be paid for the day you did not work, and the manager should not report you to HR for not coming next day, because you informed him already.
    Dont think its a big deal,...
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    the attrition rate does seem rather low, but...

    the attrition rate does seem rather low, but police are not superhumans, they have not got the numbers to solve crimes.
    The number of detective is pretty low it seems, and they are burdened with...
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    yes, and your point is?...

    yes, and your point is?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/mar/19/myths-about-rape-conviction-rates



    seems its not that low, and inline with other reported crimes.
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    I hope the dude gets compensated for this, and...

    I hope the dude gets compensated for this, and action taken against people who overlooked the evidence. As society we decided to lower the bar(in terms of evidence required to prove somebody guilty...
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    santa baby... :)

    santa baby... :)
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    As with many other things in life, a minority of...

    As with many other things in life, a minority of people spoil it for rest of us.
    Things are being tightened across the board, not specific to contractors.
    I am not sure what test HMRC can do to...
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    If you imply that long term employment of...

    If you imply that long term employment of contractors is bad for all of us, including taxman, I would agree. Hope this legislation will discourage such practice, if people still want to do it, its...
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    yes, I saw the interview of the retired guy, he...

    yes, I saw the interview of the retired guy, he seems to hold a grudge against Mr Green, but I wont be surprised if he is driven by some political belief, not against a single person(that tories are...
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    Yes but that risk was always there, IR35 did not...

    Yes but that risk was always there, IR35 did not create that risk. I would say the rates you want should reflect that risk, buying an insurance coverage is a probably better idea.

    The issue they...
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    ah, ok.

    ah, ok.
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    Not sure how your contract was worded but this...

    Not sure how your contract was worded but this risk is factored into my decision making process(whether to remain contractor).
    Can I reject an extension and choose to leave? Yes I can, and I like it...
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    The 24 month rule kicks in only after you...

    The 24 month rule kicks in only after you actually finish 24 months right?

    People can write clever wording in contracts to wriggle out of rules to avoid tax, but 24 month test seems pretty good....
  39. True. Actually it seems I spoke too soon...

    True.
    Actually it seems I spoke too soon without properly reading his post, it seems OP is more in it for short term money to get into property ladder, in which case my advice was wrong, because if...
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    No, I dont think webmaster can do much in this...

    No, I dont think webmaster can do much in this situation, because he already got a forum with a few faithfuls/regulars, but his interest lies in adding more traffic and member, otherwise its just a...
  41. start with an umbrella, see if it works out, and...

    start with an umbrella, see if it works out, and if you like it, go LTD in your next gig or next extension.
    If you don't like it, go back to being a permie.
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    yes I do... he he... any favourite thread where...

    yes I do... he he...
    any favourite thread where I can post it, to see some firework? :)
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    The current IR35 seems fair, if you are a hidden...

    The current IR35 seems fair, if you are a hidden employee, the taxman should treat you as employee.
    24 month is pretty good criteria, in fact quite generous.
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    Both Mr Green and the police force look terrible...

    Both Mr Green and the police force look terrible after this disclosure.
    First of all, what was the need to go after an opposition MP, look for stuff in his laptop? Was there any suspicion of...
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    Hope it does not become that desperate, and...

    Hope it does not become that desperate, and things are taken care of, before it happens.

    Anyway it was a choice between leaving EU and continuing to make people more frustrated with state of the...
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    lol.. think its unlikely. I have not shared any...

    lol.. think its unlikely. I have not shared any password, so its all good.
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    Yes but I have a lot of faith in London and...

    Yes but I have a lot of faith in London and Brussels to be deeply corrupt, to the point that they can make any deal possible. Thankfully these people we elect have little moral or dogma, a bit of ego...
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    oh no. :( I was checking gorilla accounting that...

    oh no. :(
    I was checking gorilla accounting that was suggested here in another thread, they are a third cheaper but I like the fact that in my case I can pay only a small fee if I am out of...
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    I will go against the wisdom of veterans and say...

    I will go against the wisdom of veterans and say do go ahead and go contracting. UK is among the richest country in the world with sound social security, what's the worse that can happen to you... a...
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    Things tend to sort themselves out in the end, am...

    Things tend to sort themselves out in the end, am optimistic it will all be good... when we are older and wiser we will be telling our grandkids how silly we were, and the fuss we made over nothing....
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