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  1. Only when they've acted properly. A director has...

    Only when they've acted properly. A director has a whole host of legal responsibilities. If they fail in any of those responsibilities, they can become personally liable.
  2. Total nonsense. Any such dividend would be ultra...

    Total nonsense. Any such dividend would be ultra vires and easily reclaimed from you personally, end of story.
  3. Spamming the professional forums...

    Spamming the professional forums...
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    Brutal, but then it was in the 2016 debates too....

    Brutal, but then it was in the 2016 debates too. Anyway, no breakthrough for Trump tonight. He was crap on the economy (supposedly his strongest point). He was crap on Covid. Swing voters care about...
  5. Yeah, noticed this one on twitter. ...

    Yeah, noticed this one on twitter.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ek8m3XfWAAAKayU?format=jpg&name=medium
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    Yes, I don't think they will (or would have the...

    Yes, I don't think they will (or would have the grounds) to make that case, but it doesn't hurt to keep on top of the rules, particularly your fiduciary responsibilities.
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    The short answer is: yes. The slightly longer...

    The short answer is: yes.

    The slightly longer answer is that you'll need to keep an eye on what policy/strategy the banks adopt for chasing payments (i.e., how aggressively they chase), because...
  8. Climate change cretinism?

    Climate change cretinism?
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    If you're still posting, they'll be as boring as...

    If you're still posting, they'll be as boring as fook.
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    Every source is partisan. If you can't manage to...

    Every source is partisan. If you can't manage to filter facts from opinions, then, er, diddums.
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    It's a report on district polling, not a lefty...

    It's a report on district polling, not a lefty opinion piece. HTH.
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    Not looking good for Trump. ...

    Not looking good for Trump.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/20/biden-trump-battle-white-voters-district-level-polls-are-revealing/
  13. I think we’re saying similar things. It does...

    I think we’re saying similar things. It does depend somewhat on industry as to the prevalence of agency work. You can have an agency gig with excellent working practices and a direct gig with...
  14. Agree. It’s causation vs. correlation. Going...

    Agree. It’s causation vs. correlation. Going direct in itself is irrelevant because the hypothetical contract ignores *all* intermediaries. However, going direct is quite often correlated with good...
  15. Re-read that post. It wasn’t just about going...

    Re-read that post. It wasn’t just about going direct, rather about ad-hoc work (e.g., see SPL vs. HMRC).
  16. Sure, it would get passed down, whether directly...

    Sure, it would get passed down, whether directly or indirectly, absolutely no about about that.

    However, I think this was only squeezed out of him after several attempts to declare a tax that...
  17. TBF, having listened to this, I think he was...

    TBF, having listened to this, I think he was perfectly clear that this would be a tax on an engager, but admitted that it might get passed down (of course, it would). So he wasn't advocating for any...
  18. Two out of three isn't bad. Burn the witch!

    Two out of three isn't bad.

    Burn the witch!
  19. At some point, they went from being "meh" (add up...

    At some point, they went from being "meh" (add up the costs, subtract the benefits, is it better than zero?) to a serious problem for professional contractors, working against our better interests....
  20. Engager or contractor? They've suggested engager...

    Engager or contractor? They've suggested engager before. It might be semantics in the sense that we know where it ends up, but it would be something to suggest a levy directly on their members....
  21. :eyes

    :eyes
  22. First, you need to ignore HMRC guidance and look...

    First, you need to ignore HMRC guidance and look at the case law. For the same reason, you need to ignore CEST.

    Second, it’s about the right of control.

    Third, the “how” element of control is...
  23. I don't think you're any more likely to be...

    I don't think you're any more likely to be screwed than through an agency, certainly less on the margin. :D

    The thing you have to watch for is payment terms. They are typically longer, and you do...
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    True. :laugh

    True. :laugh
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    Sounds to me like you have a vested interested in...

    Sounds to me like you have a vested interested in a particular outcome - you want a Trump win.

    It isn't looking very likely, tbh. The polls could be wrong, but they're generally pretty good in the...
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    The OP is an employee of the umbrella, which is...

    The OP is an employee of the umbrella, which is business to individual via an employment contract. The contract between the umbrella and the agency or client is B2B. Both will have notice periods and...
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    I'd be OK with 10 rotations of Venus.

    I'd be OK with 10 rotations of Venus.
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    That was last month's prediction, which has been...

    That was last month's prediction, which has been pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances*.
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    If you're working through an umbrella, then IR35...

    If you're working through an umbrella, then IR35 is irrelevant, so your post is kinda confusing.

    I assume you mean that, upon contract negotiation, either an umbrella was mandated or it was...
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    I think that's a reasonable approach too....

    I think that's a reasonable approach too. Consistency is more important that the precise details, imho. There isn't a definitive/legislated approach, otherwise we'd all use it. The only illogical...
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    So PC will be allowed out again in 16 days? :eyes

    So PC will be allowed out again in 16 days? :eyes
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    Yep, £500 is pretty common, I think. Within...

    Yep, £500 is pretty common, I think.

    Within reason, accuracy and consistency are more important than the precise amount (i.e., being able to explain what you did and why).
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    I think a reasonable rule is straight line...

    I think a reasonable rule is straight line depreciation on items over 1k.
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    Fantasy, I reckon. Twitter is completely...

    Fantasy, I reckon. Twitter is completely irrelevant to the US election result. It's all about independents in swing states, not about cretins that inhabit twitter for a majority of their lives.

    As...
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    Total sideshow. Outside of twitter and partisan...

    Total sideshow. Outside of twitter and partisan commentary, no one gives a fook, afaict. The US is so hyperpartisan now. It would need to be registering with independents and there's no sign of that...
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    Team Trump are even worried about North Carolina...

    Team Trump are even worried about North Carolina now, which speaks to how badly things are going for them.
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    I think you're wrong. He's way ahead of...

    I think you're wrong.

    He's way ahead of Clinton in every respect and 2016 was close.

    National and state polls tell a similar story, including swing states.

    Voters don't dislike Biden in the...
  38. Binned a bag of those the other day. Only wanted...

    Binned a bag of those the other day. Only wanted a bottle of water, but minimum purchase, nearest thing to grab.

    Could've doubled my money.

    :tantrum:
  39. You're a Scottish nationalist, you fecking...

    You're a Scottish nationalist, you fecking cretin! :laugh
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    Is 17 years a possibility?

    Is 17 years a possibility?
  41. There are still cheap areas, relatively speaking....

    There are still cheap areas, relatively speaking. Parts of the Isle of Wight, for example (because it's about as desirable as Swindon).
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    Preferred outcome.

    Preferred outcome.
  43. I think you've basically summarised the issue...

    I think you've basically summarised the issue yourself.

    Yes, IR35 is, practically speaking, only applicable to UK taxpayers.

    At the same time, the responsibility for administering IR35 from...
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    It depends whether its mother tidied away its...

    It depends whether its mother tidied away its favourite crayons and made it angry.
  45. Pantemic? Too many kebabs leading to accidents?

    Pantemic? Too many kebabs leading to accidents?
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    You've completely misunderstood Occam's razor....

    You've completely misunderstood Occam's razor. It's about unnecessary complexity, not about simplicity. If your argument is that people co-opt stuff for their own ends, well, duh.
  47. That's a shame, you were probably looking forward...

    That's a shame, you were probably looking forward to that cake.
  48. Ok, point taken, scootie is a very high bar....

    Ok, point taken, scootie is a very high bar. Still, there's a lot of cretins out there. Just ask MF.
  49. The problem with selling tat, or anything really,...

    The problem with selling tat, or anything really, is that you need to deal with "customers". Pretty soon, you'd rather be talking to scootie on the internet.
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    Alternative interpretation: some people don't...

    Alternative interpretation: some people don't understand anecdotes. Everything here is an anecdote. There are most definitely certain sectors that are booming while everything else around burns. I...
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