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    In the next few weeks I'm possibly going to start...

    In the next few weeks I'm possibly going to start recruiting staff. Is there any reason why I should employ anyone on a permanent basis?
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    Taken to it's logical conclusion it allows low...

    Taken to it's logical conclusion it allows low paid workers to be paid PAYE for whatever income they earn.

    10 hours driving an Uber
    7 hours cycling on Deliveroo
    8 hours in Tescos

    All paid to...
  3. Thread: FactcheckCUK

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    I'm not even sure that's true given AtW is a...

    I'm not even sure that's true given AtW is a permie.
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    The local argument is that they vote for the...

    The local argument is that they vote for the Party because they believe the party best represents their views.

    And as Churchill states = democracy is the worst form of Government except for all...
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    We are a Parliamentary democracy. That means you...

    We are a Parliamentary democracy. That means you vote for the representative you think will best look after your (and your area's) interests for the length of the next Parliament.

    A lot of...
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    Um, I think they are still trying to implement...

    Um, I think they are still trying to implement what you voted for - and as with all Government projects it's a lot harder than the initial plan stated.
  7. Thread: Digital Outcomes

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    Fair enough I was thinking it was more a...

    Fair enough I was thinking it was more a invoicing and forwarding payment scenario for a 5% margin.

    A few more clueful agencies have started advertising the role so I might go through one of them.
  8. Thread: Digital Outcomes

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    Digital Outcomes

    Anyone on this year's Digital Outcomes framework? or know a way of working through it without hitting a stupid agency.

    I forgot to apply in time and there is a contract I'm tempted to apply for.
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    Sticky: From memory that isn't the story I heard. The...

    From memory that isn't the story I heard. The first run was so successful that Cadbury couldn't do the usual approach of quietly disappearing from sale, they had to do a second batch to satisfy...
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    Sticky: When Wispa was launched in the North East in 81...

    When Wispa was launched in the North East in 81 they sold out within hours whenever stock arrived.
  11. The issue firms face is the quiet advice (over...

    The issue firms face is the quiet advice (over coffee) a lot of large companies are being given by HMRC that keeping contractors is a "Brave Decision" and it will be very easy for HMRC to find a...
  12. Technically any umbrella not working under PAYE...

    Technically any umbrella not working under PAYE should be registered as a Tax Avoidance scheme but from memory most schemes no longer register.
  13. In that circumstance it's true today - the...

    In that circumstance it's true today - the contract on offer is not (as it cannot be) a business to business relationship and so should be being treated as a business to employee / consumer...
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    HMRC want money and will use anything and...

    HMRC want money and will use anything and everything as an excuse for control - you then get to the tribunal and any decent representative will use Reductio ad absurdum to show how stupid HMRC's...
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    Point 4 is incorrect. It's perfectly possible for...

    Point 4 is incorrect. It's perfectly possible for 2 people to be performing the same role but the way they work being different enough that one is inside IR35 and 1 is outside.

    If they have...
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    Bulgaria also doesn't have income tax from memory.

    Bulgaria also doesn't have income tax from memory.
  17. Thread: Deutsche Bank

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    Surely the probability has been 100% since about...

    Surely the probability has been 100% since about early 2009 - the only question was (and still is) "How far into the future can the inevitable bankruptcy be delayed?"
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    At least there does seem to be a statement of...

    At least there does seem to be a statement of work.

    On the other hand why on earth isn't this templated or offshored.
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    And appoint Jose Mourinho - who didn't see that...

    And appoint Jose Mourinho - who didn't see that announcement after seeing the first bit of news.
  20. I'm sure agencies will try to add such clauses...

    I'm sure agencies will try to add such clauses but remember this is consumer legislation - a clause won't be enough - it would need to be a full on paper trial...
  21. There is a third point here that I've so far...

    There is a third point here that I've so far forgot to mention:-

    A contract outside IR35 is a business to business relationship. In a court of law the judge will expect both businesses to have do...
  22. The point is HMRC won't send things in writing...

    The point is HMRC won't send things in writing because well - it's their get out clause.

    They especially won't put anything useful on their website - for instance they now say be careful when...
  23. Letters can be faked. You need the information...

    Letters can be faked. You need the information directly from HMRC that this umbrella is compliant which at the moment HMRC cannot and will not do.

    Personally though I don't see why an agency...
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    +1 to all of that. The era when companies...

    +1 to all of that.

    The era when companies used contractors to replace / supplement permanent employees has gone with these changes. The greatest fear of most companies is that HMRC will find one...
  25. There is a possibility that being forced to use...

    There is a possibility that being forced to use an umbrella company who take Employers NI out of the advertised rate may be illegal but we are still waiting for the results of court cases regarding...
  26. Um I suspect those Loan charge people didn't...

    Um I suspect those Loan charge people didn't check things with HMRC or if they did they were being very generous in their interpretation of the responses.

    The issue I've found is that umbrella...
  27. I used to think that but over the years the...

    I used to think that but over the years the schemes have got far more sophisticated to the point that I've even seen agencies fall for their statements.

    If HMRC want people to use umbrella...
  28. Thread: Home NAS with SSDs

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    While there is a use case for fast write / read...

    While there is a use case for fast write / read from a NAS, video streaming (except for say a Netflix gateway proxy device or a plane) is not really that use case.
  29. Thread: Home NAS with SSDs

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    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really...

    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really don't need anything more than a hard disk - speed is never going to be an issue. As a NAS is a low touch system which if configured correctly only has...
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    And as I asked in my last comment - when did you...

    And as I asked in my last comment - when did you move to London - it was a far easier decision to do that in the 1990's than it was to do so today...
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    I think you've proved my point. As an...

    I think you've proved my point.



    As an aside when did you purchase in London. Was it back in the early 1990's when a suitable flat was £70,000 or so or nowadays when its upwards of £500,000..
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    For most clients there isn't - why take the risk...

    For most clients there isn't - why take the risk of HMRC investigating your decisions and presenting you with a large bill when you can just insist on an inside IR35 contract.

    And I'm sure that's...
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    The point is that I'm more pessimistic. Even in...

    The point is that I'm more pessimistic. Even in the middle of nowhere you can find people who can just about do the job required. Companies are very unlikely to pay expenses unless they really have...
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    Why would they when there are other local...

    Why would they when there are other local candidates who won't need those costs covered.

    Granted the local candidate may not be as good but if they are £200 a day cheaper (after expenses) that...
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    Ever tried herding cats? It's far harder than you...

    Ever tried herding cats? It's far harder than you think.

    Which is why I've gone the ISV approach - find a niche (or in my case a large gap) and go for it.
  36. Nope - as of now it's just a difference of...

    Nope - as of now it's just a difference of opinion

    You see yourself as a business sadly the client sees you as an employee.
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    Not quite - the issue is as follows - from the...

    Not quite - the issue is as follows - from the time when HMRC was trying to remove all expenses not just from those inside IR35 (we won that battle BTW).

    As a contractor I compete against larger...
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    No - I can follow the logic:- 1) agencies only...

    No - I can follow the logic:-

    1) agencies only have 2 chances so they read the specification and second guess what the candidates needs to be to get the interview slot.
    2) Agencies chose the top...
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    Right - let's give you a sensible answer - as...

    Right - let's give you a sensible answer - as this is how I make my money.

    Action Pack won't give you Dynamics 365 or Power App licences so don't waste your money.

    The usual advice now you...
  40. It would have been contractor umbrella but Dolan...

    It would have been contractor umbrella but Dolan got rid of all their staff. Lucy and co went on to form Home - Clarity Umbrella Ltd - UK PAYE Umbrella Company so I would try there first.
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    And at some point the companies will discover...

    And at some point the companies will discover that the friction is too expensive and move the factory out of the UK as the next car is designed and the production line is re-engineered.

    The only...
  42. It's worth emphasising as no-one seems to have...

    It's worth emphasising as no-one seems to have picked it up that Banks have a 20% leeway that other companies don't have as they cannot claim back the VAT on invoices. So for every £500 a bank pays...
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    I know people who went perm in January this year...

    I know people who went perm in January this year and others who did it 3 years ago (Cojak) for exactly that reason

    I know that personally I can't stand fools so could never go permanent anywhere...
  44. You don't need to be in the cloud - Azure...

    You don't need to be in the cloud - Azure functions can be used on premise.

    See

    Azure Functions 2.0: Create, debug and deploy to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

    and

    Azure Functions on...
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    As far fetched as an IPSE Board member using a...

    As far fetched as an IPSE Board member using a Sockie account to personally attack me...

    Yet things have played out exactly how I said they would...
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    And that's my point - there will be a lot of...

    And that's my point - there will be a lot of shaking the money tree letters going out...

    Which may or may not lead to enquiries being made - of course we don't know if the letters will lead to...
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    To contradict this point may I refer you to the...

    To contradict this point may I refer you to the Glaxo letters. I suspect HMRC may willingly open up a lot of such campaigns, knowing that a lot of people will just en up paying due to lack of...
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    Sticky: I remember being tasked by my hall warden to take...

    I remember being tasked by my hall warden to take the nicked traffic cones that had appeared and shift them to another hall overnight. Castle (s)Leazes at the time was 3 different halls. This went on...
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    Sticky: Other rums - St Nicholas Abbey which now has a...

    Other rums - St Nicholas Abbey which now has a Heritage Railway (built 2018) are also available
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    Sticky: Just back from holiday in Barbados to mark our...

    Just back from holiday in Barbados to mark our 25th Wedding Anniversary.

    Real #FirstWorldProblems is that the sea was too loud from the front of the suite.

    time to get back to the projects I...
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