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  1. Self employment isn’t strictly a matter of...

    Self employment isn’t strictly a matter of “choice”. Your relationship with the client is generally a matter of fact. If you’re working as self employed but your relationship is more like one of...
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    It means at the client. There’s a specific rule...

    It means at the client. There’s a specific rule under IR35 where anyone working as an office holder being paid via an intermediary is deemed caught by IR35. Its unlikely to apply to anyone here.
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    Yup, and has been the case for a very long time....

    Yup, and has been the case for a very long time. It’s the employer who is on the hook where somebody is falsely self-employed (it’s only ever really to the employers benefit as they avoid their legal...
  4. FWIW, I just got mine back from my accountants....

    FWIW, I just got mine back from my accountants. FY ended on 8 Jan, so about a month for mine. Its occasionally taken a bit longer (what with it being tax return season) but never later than end of...
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    I never charge less for working remotely. The...

    I never charge less for working remotely. The client is getting the same amount of work and expertise in either case.
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    This article seems to confirm that Scottish rates...

    This article seems to confirm that Scottish rates AND bands only apply to earned income. UK tax bands and rates apply to dividends.

    Scottish income tax rates and thresholds for 2019/20 – what do...
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    It’s not “VAT on VAT”. It’s “whatever you’ve...

    It’s not “VAT on VAT”. It’s “whatever you’ve agreed with the client to recharge for your expenses” + VAT.

    This could be the original VAT inclusive cost although I agree that most clients would...
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    What makes you think you’re “out of pocket” on...

    What makes you think you’re “out of pocket” on your expenses? Because you can’t directly reclaim the VAT? What do you think your flat rate surplus (the difference between the VAT you charge and the...
  9. Was this a business purchase? If it was it won’t...

    Was this a business purchase? If it was it won’t be covered by consumer rights law.
  10. IR35 can only apply if there is an intermediary....

    IR35 can only apply if there is an intermediary. If you are effectively self employed then there is no intermediary.
  11. Pro-tip: you don’t have to wait until the week...

    Pro-tip: you don’t have to wait until the week before the deadline to do your tax return. You’ve had 9 months!
  12. Your calculation doesn’t take into account...

    Your calculation doesn’t take into account payments already made on account as it is strictly a calculation of your liability for that year.

    If you click through to find your statements and...
  13. As above, the POAs due this Jan and July are for...

    As above, the POAs due this Jan and July are for the current tax year (19/20), not the next one.

    You should have a good idea of what your tax bill will be for this tax year with only a few months...
  14. For the second time, that only relates to the...

    For the second time, that only relates to the simplified test.
  15. That’s one mighty big assumption. There is...

    That’s one mighty big assumption. There is nothing in the section you quoted that suggests that they are excluding overseas companies, sorry. It’s also unwise to rely entirely on HMRC guidance as...
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    No major implications if it’s repaid in 2 days...

    No major implications if it’s repaid in 2 days and the existing loan is repaid before the 9 month deadline following the end of your financial year.

    You should charge yourself interest at HMRC...
  17. How did you come to that conclusion?

    How did you come to that conclusion?
  18. My understanding that regular gifts of money from...

    My understanding that regular gifts of money from income were also also exempt but regardless, there is no tax on gifts in the U.K. If the gifts aren’t exempt they would be potentially exempt...
  19. Just because the simplified test doesn’t apply,...

    Just because the simplified test doesn’t apply, why wouldn’t the main test outlined above apply to overseas companies?

    My reading is that if you meet the above criteria you apply the simplified...
  20. I don’t think you’re reading that page correctly....

    I don’t think you’re reading that page correctly. Where does it say the rules do not apply to overseas businesses?

    Nobody knows how exactly HMRC are going to force non U.K. business to do IR35...
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    It’s fine, but don’t forget to account for VAT...

    It’s fine, but don’t forget to account for VAT under the reverse charge if you’re VAT registered. If you’re not the value of the services will count towards the registration threshold.
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    I’m familiar with the scheme OP is referring to...

    I’m familiar with the scheme OP is referring to and it was one of the motivations for HMRC introducing the limited cost trader rule. Agencies would setup multiple Ltd companies for their recruits and...
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    I’m a bit confused as to why they’ve invoiced you...

    I’m a bit confused as to why they’ve invoiced you for the overpayment - it’s not a sale. I would have expected the correct procedure to be for you to issue a credit note for the original invoice and...
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    Sales / daily rate = days billed.

    Sales / daily rate = days billed.
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    218 days this year, although I deliberately took...

    218 days this year, although I deliberately took December off and a week for holiday earlier in the year. Had agreed to a 3 month extension from Jan-end of March but unfortunately client has decided...
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    Just ran through it for my current client and it...

    Just ran through it for my current client and it came back as outside IR35. I did select that I had the right to substitute and that the client could not refuse one (which is effectively what my...
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    In the context of IR35 yes, there is a specific...

    In the context of IR35 yes, there is a specific rule relating to office holders and IR35. It basically means you cannot act be remunerated for services as the office holder of another company via...
  28. What's your source for this? That's Labour's...

    What's your source for this? That's Labour's policy.
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    Yes, although in the common scenario of said...

    Yes, although in the common scenario of said shareholder being a spouse it would, IMO, be more prudent to make them a director for other reasons (easier to take care of matters if something were to...
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    Why do you want a company secretary?

    Why do you want a company secretary?
  31. As has been mentioned already, travel expenses...

    As has been mentioned already, travel expenses are not claimable through an umbrella unless you can show you aren’t caught by the SDC rule. Nobody is disputing that.

    Claiming expenses through an...
  32. If you're with an umbrella, are engaged on...

    If you're with an umbrella, are engaged on multiple assignments (so each client site can qualify as a temporary workplace) and you are not caught by the SDC rule, then you can "claim" expenses. With...
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    OP's employer is their umbrella. They aren't...

    OP's employer is their umbrella. They aren't providing parking for the OP. OP is paying out of their own pocket to pay at the end client's site. It's not the same thing.

    A better analogy would be...
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    What are you on about? My point to OP is that...

    What are you on about?

    My point to OP is that travel expenses aren’t claimable. Parking fees are travel expenses.
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    What are parking fees if not travel expenses?

    What are parking fees if not travel expenses?
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    It can take several days before your statement of...

    It can take several days before your statement of account is updated.
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    To reiterate: if the BB contract is not in the...

    To reiterate: if the BB contract is not in the company name then you can’t reclaim any of it.
  38. I was responding to Cirrus rather than OP but yes...

    I was responding to Cirrus rather than OP but yes I agree it sounds like OP doesn’t quite understand what it means to “claim expenses”.
  39. There are a number of circumstances where travel...

    There are a number of circumstances where travel costs would not be reclaimable:

    * You're a permie and your travel is considered ordinary commuting to a permanent workplace.
    * You work for an...
  40. Interesting, thanks for that. I don’t remember...

    Interesting, thanks for that. I don’t remember this coming up in the numerous discussions we have had on here about this in the past.
  41. Why not? The TAAR applies to any capital...

    Why not? The TAAR applies to any capital distribution if all the tests are met - I don't remember there a "as long as its over £25k" rule. A capital distribution of £25k would still yield a decent...
  42. Quite possibly.

    Quite possibly.
  43. If you do not receive the tax benefit of a...

    If you do not receive the tax benefit of a capital distribution but instead take your profits as income (e.g. dividends) then you do not need to worry about the TAAR "2 year" rule.
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    I forgot to add - I recommend Virgin 350Mb fibre...

    I forgot to add - I recommend Virgin 350Mb fibre if you can get it. I get a £5/month discount as I also have a business mobile plan with them too. Costs £35 ex VAT.
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    FWIW - bearing in mind you probably wouldn't get...

    FWIW - bearing in mind you probably wouldn't get investigated - but this is not the correct way to go about claiming broadband costs from YourCo. You cannot claim a proportion of fixed costs as an...
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    I do but it satisfies the two necessary tests: ...

    I do but it satisfies the two necessary tests:

    1) its wholly and exclusively for business purposes - I cannot do my job without it making it essential for me to have it. Services - like other...
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    Presumably she has agreed to give you back her...

    Presumably she has agreed to give you back her shares and there was no prior agreement that she would give them back at some point?
  48. No mention of IR35 in the original post, I’m...

    No mention of IR35 in the original post, I’m assuming they cannot claim travel expenses because it’s a single engagement through an umbrella and so the clients workplace is considered a permanent...
  49. Working practices can trump a contract - normally...

    Working practices can trump a contract - normally where the contract is deemed outside but the working practices are would make you inside.

    However starting with a contract assessed as inside...
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    No, it is not zero rated. It is outside the scope...

    No, it is not zero rated. It is outside the scope of UK VAT - i.e. it’s not taxable for VAT purposes It is still included in Box 6 of your VAT return if you are on the standard VAT scheme but you...
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