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    I think Newcastle is generally a poor location...

    I think Newcastle is generally a poor location for contractors. For every one gig I hear of there, I hear of 10+ in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  2. I would wait until there's clarity on what's...

    I would wait until there's clarity on what's going to happen. Lots of EU citizens have already applied for PR (and got it), only to be told that when the new system is in place - whatever that will...
  3. Yes they can. You're a business, and this is just...

    Yes they can. You're a business, and this is just another business risk you have to bear.

    Even if you have a signed contract, they can probably terminate you at any time, depending on your...
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    Yup. I had lots of this when I worked through...

    Yup. I had lots of this when I worked through them and I just answered those questions as "company confidential" and they never pushed for clarification after that.

    Aside from that, they were no...
  5. You could always just send a scan certified by a...

    You could always just send a scan certified by a solicitor. I would have thought that that's enough due diligence.

    I would never send my passport in the post though. By courier maybe, but I'd want...
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    I'm pretty sure that if you work on site in...

    I'm pretty sure that if you work on site in Belgium you must register with the Belgian authorities, possibly from day one. Whether you can do this as a freelancer or you need to set up a Belgian Ltd...
  7. I do, strictly B2B of course. Never heard...

    I do, strictly B2B of course.



    Never heard of this, but I my UK Ltd is only active in the IT services sector. This must be something unique to your industry, but it strikes me as strange.
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  8. Absolutely this. Tell them you'll be invoicing...

    Absolutely this.

    Tell them you'll be invoicing them separately for your time up front but will deduct this amount from your first "regular" invoice if they take you on afterwards.

    If they...
  9. I think Sue has made a couple of good points so...

    I think Sue has made a couple of good points so you could start with her company :)

    You'd probably best register as self-employed in Italy (bureaucratic, and you'd probably have to register for...
  10. You might be able to use the UK limited for UK...

    You might be able to use the UK limited for UK clients (though the Italian taxman will surely claim your company is now an Italian resident company and hence liable for Italian CT) but the main issue...
  11. Assuming HSE isn't just a bunch of cowboys you...

    Assuming HSE isn't just a bunch of cowboys you should be avoiding at all costs ...

    1. No. It's out of scope of UK VAT
    2. No. Unless you have a German subsidiary of your Ltd I don't see how that...
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    Exactly, that was my point!

    Exactly, that was my point!
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    Or even an email ...

    Or even an email ...
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    As PC would say, it's the beginning of a worrying...

    As PC would say, it's the beginning of a worrying trend ...
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    I think you need a German address to open a...

    I think you need a German address to open a German bank account, but it's been a long time since I lived there ...

    However, if you just need a Euro account in the Eurozone, why not organise a...
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    Are you a time traveller? Since you only mention...

    Are you a time traveller? Since you only mention months in 2016, some of which haven't happened yet ...

    I think you needed to register with the Finanzamt practically from day one. This suggests...
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    This. Contract A might still not happen for some...

    This. Contract A might still not happen for some reason. Go to the interview with B and then (assuming B offers you the role) politely decline it only after you're already on site at A and invoicing.
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    Better hope it covers the maximum conceivable...

    Better hope it covers the maximum conceivable claim against YourCo then. Because if not ...

    Seriously, the whole point of limited liability is to make sure your personal assets cannot be seized in...
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    You lose your house if a client successfully sues...

    You lose your house if a client successfully sues YourCo?
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    You need to speak to a Steuerberater...

    You need to speak to a Steuerberater (accountant), not a Buchhalter (bookkeeper), though some firms will offer both, of course.

    There is or used to be a German accountant on CUK who would be worth...
  21. Ah, fair enough then.

    Ah, fair enough then.
  22. Have I missed something here? If you've got a UK...

    Have I missed something here? If you've got a UK Ltd then you must have a Registered Office in the UK ... and hence a UK address for the company. Why can't you give the bank that?
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    I presume the invoices are in Euros? If so, open...

    I presume the invoices are in Euros? If so, open a business Euro account with a Eurozone bank. Then you can bulk transfer funds to and from the UK when exchange rates/amounts make it worthwhile.
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    But only phones you get from EE, which sucks...

    But only phones you get from EE, which sucks bigtime.
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    Any data available via Companies House - just...

    Any data available via Companies House - just tell them to go look there. If they want to offload their admin to you because they CBA to look, you should be charging them for your time.

    Anything...
  26. Xing is definitely the site to be on. I'm on it...

    Xing is definitely the site to be on. I'm on it and I often get contacted about roles in Germany.

    But if you don't speak German it will be a challenge, as they say.
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    Poll: Got a reply back from my MP today. He's...

    Got a reply back from my MP today. He's apparently passed on my concerns to George Osborne :ohwell

    I just hope that we get enough of a critical mass of letters to get some attention even if we...
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    At the risk of sounding like a broken record...

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record (yes, I'm old enough to remember them :D), what does your contract say?

    If there's no handcuff clause specified in it then the agency can whistle. On...
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    I think that as long as it's a normal business...

    I think that as long as it's a normal business day in Germany then that shouldn't really be a problem. But as others have said, you do need to be able to justify the trip if/when HMRC check.
  30. Are you my MP?

    Are you my MP?
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    That bit was easy for me too. But ISTR they...

    That bit was easy for me too. But ISTR they wanted me to submit all manner of company documentation (certificate of incorporation etc) before they would deign to let me actually withdraw funds from...
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    PayPal charges 3.4% +20p per transaction IIRC,...

    PayPal charges 3.4% +20p per transaction IIRC, but it's more for transactions from outwith the UK. Could be more like 4% for a Canadian transaction, even if in Sterling. Best check on their website....
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    Book it as an advance payment on your next...

    Book it as an advance payment on your next invoice? It will be easier for them to just subtract it from the next invoice amount and pay the outstanding amount, I imagine.
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    If it's not PC, it's his twin brother ...

    If it's not PC, it's his twin brother ...
  35. So he didn't deliver what was promised, refused...

    So he didn't deliver what was promised, refused point blank any assistance in implementation and is now refusing to remedy the issues?

    Sounds like, at the very least, you have a good case for...
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    Hope you're a bit more professional than that...

    Hope you're a bit more professional than that when you finally get on site and someone disagrees with you about something ... !
  37. The coach company may have to be VAT registered...

    The coach company may have to be VAT registered (presumably only in the UK though). This could be due to the fact that in many EU countries VAT registration is compulsory for all companies - so...
  38. If that's true then almost all of us need to...

    If that's true then almost all of us need to worry, since certainty and IR35 are a pretty bad mix ... :ohwell
  39. Interesting link. I think the important bit is...

    Interesting link. I think the important bit is this:



    Proving the non-payment was deliberate is key, surely?
  40. I don't think anyone is talking about criminal...

    I don't think anyone is talking about criminal behaviour here.

    Again, I'm just reporting what I've read, but while I appreciate it's a director's duty to keep a business solvent, what happens to...
  41. From what I have read on other business boards...

    From what I have read on other business boards, it appears not (unless HMRC can prove negligence or worse). A company's debt remains a company's debt. That's the main point of limited liability IMHO....
  42. fiancee even (don't know how to do the accent on...

    fiancee even (don't know how to do the accent on this keyboard ...)
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    FWIW, that was my accountant's opinion as well.

    FWIW, that was my accountant's opinion as well.
  44. It's pretty standard for fixed price contracts,...

    It's pretty standard for fixed price contracts, but obviously it means you have to factor all bugfixing time into how much you charge, unless you want to do it for free.
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    About 55% sounds about right if going...

    About 55% sounds about right if going self-employed. I remember considering forming a GmbH at the time, but with a maximum take home of around 57% it just wasn't worth the hassle. Would only be...
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    When I lived in Austria I was self-employed...

    When I lived in Austria I was self-employed ("Selbständiger") and I used these guys as my accountants: http://www.lbg.at. They are one of the bigger outfits in Austria. I paid about EUR 600 for the...
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    Looking at the writing style and content I'm...

    Looking at the writing style and content I'm convinced the OP is psychocandy's sockie, to be honest ...
  48. HSBC has "historically" been rather relaxed about...

    HSBC has "historically" been rather relaxed about that ...
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    Saw an advert for a company called PIE Financial...

    Saw an advert for a company called PIE Financial today. Good look with that one ...
  50. Try workinstartups.com...

    Try workinstartups.com. That's how I found a very nice side project near me.

    Tends to just list permie roles, and there's lots of "we can't offer you any actual money" BS roles, but you might find...
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