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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Claiming back your tax allowance as a permie (and Umbrella user)

    Roll up, roll up Ladies and Gents! As there may well be more of us forced into this route, let us not be too down-hearted, let us look closely into what we can and can't claim in our SAs. As NLUK mentioned in a post far, far away, most permies hate the thought for filling out an SA for fear...

    Started by cojak, 15th October 2018 10:07
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    18th October 2018 13:20 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Why am I paying Employers NI?

    OK so I get asked this question over and over and it appears that some companies still cease to explain things properly to contractors leaving them disgruntled when they see their first payslip, so let me explain the situation in simple terms for any newbies... So what you need to be aware of is...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 9th August 2017 15:21
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: HMRC advice on Dodgy Umbrellas

    Find out what to do if an agency or umbrella company offers to reduce your tax liability and increase your take home pay.

    Started by cojak, 26th August 2018 10:39
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    28th August 2018 15:00 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: READ ME before choosing your umbrella

    Read this first before picking up the phone. Guidance (on) Providers of Tax Avoidance Schemes (POTAS) And read this as well 10 things you need to know about tax avoidance Be aware that by using a legitimate umbrella that will pay the expected amount of tax and NI, you will receive...

    Started by cojak, 7th July 2017 08:57
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    27th June 2018 10:26 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Dodgy Umbrellas open to criminal prosecution?

    To all of those dodgy umbrellas out there: what are you going to do with your "fully HMRC compliant" BS now?

    Started by cojak, 27th June 2018 10:22
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    27th June 2018 10:22 Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Is there an umbrella company where you can choose your pension and other benefits?

    Public sector contract - considering a brolly but would like to choose what's included. Any suggestions?

    Started by GDL, 26th January 2017 13:00
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    23rd May 2018 20:06 Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella calculations and why they differ!

    In recent months we have seen more and more enquiries from contractors looking to work via an umbrella company, and querying why we cannot offer them a higher take home :tired – so I thought I would put this small guide together to help you understand what might be going on… So first of all...

    Started by lucycontractorumbrella, 31st January 2017 14:23
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    2nd February 2017 11:29 Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Umbrella companies 'expenses policy' changed

    We have had a great deal of enquiries lately about umbrella companies 'expenses policies' changing so I thought I would offer a little clarification. Umbrella companies do not really have an 'expenses policy' as they can only process those expenses that will be allowed under HMR&C guidelines,...

    Started by LisaContractorUmbrella, 8th August 2012 12:26
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    16th August 2012 07:02 Go to last post
  1. Umbrella Employers NI

    Hello, First time poster..... I have recently switched from LTD to a Umbrella PAYE solution (due to IR35). I am now using the correct umbrella solutions and feel I can sleep at night without any recourse from HMRC. The current Umbrella I use charges my the 13.8% employers NI as do other...

    Started by bman06, 16th October 2018 12:03
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    18th October 2018 17:58 Go to last post
  2. Newbie contractor & umbrella advice from PSL inside IR35 Public Sector

    Hi I've been a sole trader for years then worked on a perm project which is now ending. I've been keen to get a freelance contract as I work within marketing and roles are often scarce for perm. a recruiter contacted me via Linkedin. I did an informal interview with a Gov client and they're...

    Started by LondonRealist, 10th October 2018 22:53
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    18th October 2018 13:08 Go to last post
  3. Exclamation Opus bestpay umbrella - do not use it! It's highly toxic!!!!!

    Contractors in the UK, Since this Forum doesn't seem to blacklist this Umbrella, despite the carnage we can all read HERE, I am opening this thread to make you aware! I have just signed up to a new contract, the agency suggested OPUS BESTPAY. I asked to have a bog standard pay arrangement, NI...

    Started by whattheheck, 12th February 2018 11:14
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    bestpay, opus, shop, trust, umbrella
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    18th October 2018 11:10 Go to last post
  4. Stay away from Payerise Umbrella

    I joined them after recommendation, looking for a PAYE payroll service. They said I had to be taxed at 42% as a high rate earner. After a 3-4 months when I asked for a P60 they presented a minimum taxable amount. Rest of the net income came into a form of a dividend voucher. They also gave me...

    Started by AnotherVictim of Payerise, 27th June 2018 12:27
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    18th October 2018 11:03 Go to last post
  5. Paystream, Mypay or Sapphire?

    Hi all, I am new to the UK and new to this umbrella company business. The agency I have found locum work through only use these 3 umbrella companies: Sapphire Paystream Mypay Could anyone recommend one of these companies? My own research so far has not been very fruitful!

    Started by Krone6, 17th September 2018 14:47
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    18th October 2018 10:59 Go to last post
  6. “ELITE Contractor Care” please help

    Hey guys I’m new to the forum, and I work as a locum doctor. I was encouraged by my locum agency to use “Elite Contractor Care” I asked how it worked and got this in an email: “was a pleasure speaking to you earlier after being referred by your agency consultant. As requested please find below...

    Started by Hussar, 16th May 2018 16:03
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    1st October 2018 17:52 Go to last post
  7. Thumbs down Parasol Group: A Warning (Do not use this Umbrella Company)

    Hi all. I just wanted to share my experience with Parasol. If you are thinking of using them, my one piece of advice to you is: don't. Find a different umbrella, or go Limited. I did some work with them for a two month contract (or thereabouts) a few months ago, and inputted my time sheets...

    Started by siouxsieryan, 21st February 2017 11:15
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    parasol, review, umbrella company
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    21st September 2018 09:13 Go to last post
  8. Question about VAT - Umbrella Company in Netherlands

    Hello, I am new here and this is my first question in the forum. I am an Indian Citizen who want to hire an Umbrella Company in Netherlands and provide my services to a UK based company(no branches or presence in Netherlands) through them. Both companies are VAT registered. The Umbrella Company in...

    Started by basilthomas8, 6th September 2018 16:02
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    7th September 2018 15:17 Go to last post
  9. Moved: Winchester Contractors Trust Help line -Contact Details

    Started by Mike D, 3rd September 2018 11:06
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  10. Umbrella Companies

    Hi everyone, Sorry, It's a bit lengthy. But... I'm currently doing some contract work and am looking in to the options that Umbrella Cos provide. I have some background in payroll and finance so i know that certain schemes run by certain umbrellas should be avoided.

    Started by pdbr, 10th August 2018 13:24
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  11. Contractor Pensions

    HI First time post...I am a clinician caught under IR35. Can my Umbrella Company deduct the employers pension contribution from my payment if I decide to go with their Pension provider?? They are currently deducting employers NI. Thanks in advance :)

    Started by Doc1, 6th June 2018 12:44
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    21st August 2018 11:05 Go to last post
  12. Umbrella company wont work with agency.

    Hi new here. Has anyone heard of an umbrella company refusing to work with an agency. I have heard it the other way around.

    Started by spike22, 7th August 2018 18:11
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    20th August 2018 08:47 Go to last post
  13. Can an Umbrella contractually OPT employee OUT?

    As per subject field. I have just signed an Umbrella Contract and section 18.1 states they will Opt me out now and forever!? I've provided an image of this below but basically it states "You give the company the authority to opt you out" Is this legal?

    Started by TelcoData, 30th July 2018 18:41
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    20th August 2018 08:42 Go to last post
  14. 1 month lay off for operation - can I claim sick pay?

    I'm working as an agency Radiotherapist through an umbrella company currently on a 2 months plus contract. I have an operation scheduled for early next month which will mean a one month recovery time unable to work. My current contract was due to finish just before the operation but I was...

    Started by NickA, 14th August 2018 19:21
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    16th August 2018 07:46 Go to last post
  15. The Network Effect

    Hi All, Has anyone used a company called The Network Effect or know of any reviews. They are offering a service called a cooperative umbrella Planned pay using our cooperative umbrella Use more of your annual tax allowances (circa £40k available per annum) Some utility around expenses...

    Started by Ronin, 24th April 2018 15:05
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    15th August 2018 16:29 Go to last post
  16. Insurance inbetween contracts

    Hello, I was wondering if umbrella companies offer insurance inbetween contracts. I'm looking to take a month break in a few months, plus the amount of time needed to find a new contract. Can I still be insured if I take unpaid leave through my umbrella? Or will I have to purchase personal...

    Started by Lix, 12th August 2018 22:12
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    15th August 2018 12:31 Go to last post
  17. New to Umbrella

    Hi, I understand I have to pay employers NI (even though I was not told this) but why do I pay Employers pension basically I`m paying £96.02 a week before I pay my tax and NI this is daylight robbery

    Started by deldez, 4th August 2018 08:30
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    14th August 2018 13:03 Go to last post
  18. Which umbrella?

    I am not new here but lost login details so started a new account. Currently contracting via Lucy's company and extremely satisfied too, however I am due to start a new inside IR35 contract in a few weeks and have been told I can only use 1 of 5 pre-approved umbrellas which is an absolute shame....

    Started by WESTON1, 6th July 2018 15:46
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    7th August 2018 20:28 Go to last post
  19. Chased by HMRC after using Giant

    Hi, I worked through the umbrella company, Giant, for around 8 months but became so frustrated by the fact that they wouldn't pay me on the same day each week, as well as abysmal customer service, that I decided to leave and just get paid directly by the agency through whom I'd secured the job....

    Started by slam3000, 19th July 2018 18:52
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    29th July 2018 17:46 Go to last post
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