Employment Status

Are you a contractor? If you work for someone else, it is important to know whether you are working for that person in an employed capacity or in a self-employed capacity as an independent contractor.

Your employment status will determine the charge to tax on income from your employment or self-employment. It will also determine the class of NICs, which are to be paid.

Umbrella Companies employ you for tax purposes and complete central returns for all their contractors. It's less hassle and more flexible for you but take home pay is typically less than that the limited company option.

The best option for you depends on your plans, 'one off' contract or 'contractor for life'? [Read More...]

An Introduction and Guide to Limited Companies

The limited company guide section provides a sequential set of guides and articles. Designed to enable easy understanding of limited company payroll and accounting.

The limited company guides are structured for those new to contracting, if you are already a contractor running your own limited company you can jump to specific articles and information.

The aim of this section is to enable contractors to have a solid awareness of limited company payroll and accounting requirements and, on completion, be capable of making an informed decision as to whether running their own limited company is the right payroll and accounting choice for their contract.

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Limited Company - Further Reading

Contract Through Your Own Limited Company

New Contractor? Go limited: limited company payroll and accounting solutions which provide more take home than an umbrella company

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IR35 and Legal Expenses Insurance

Contractor IR35 and Legal Expenses Insurance explained. Is it worth it? Well, you can run any type of insurance if there's someone willing to pay the premiums....

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IR35 Deemed Payment FAQs

IR35 Deemed Payment FAQs. What happens to the IR35 deemed payment at the end of the tax year? Click here to find our more about IR35 deemed payment and your limited company

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IR35 FAQs

Are you a contractor wondering about IR35? Essential IR35 FAQS and how it affects contractors running a limited company.

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IR35 In or Out Whats It All About

Guide to IR35 find out if you are caught by HMRC legislation known as IR35. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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IR35 True or False

IR35 True or False. Find out if your contract falls within IR35 law. See our free guides to contracting.

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IR35 Umbrella Companies

Are you new to contracting? Are you looking for an IR35 umbrella company? If you are you could be looking for some time yet - because there's no such thing as an 'IR35 umbrella company'. Read More here

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The IR35 Test for Contractors

The IR35 Test for Contractors. Take the test and decide if your own one-man limited company is better than using an umbrella company.

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Expenses and Benefits Part 4 Working from Home

Fourth in our set of guides on expenses and company benefits: Did you know you may have to pay tax on them? HMRC usually include the value of the benefit in your tax code, in order to collect any due tax through PAYE.

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Expenses and Benefits Part 3 Living Accommodation

Comprehensive guide to expenses and limited company benefits. Contractors, small companies, read this and increase your pre-tax margin. Compliant tax information through legitimate expense deduction

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Expenses and Benefits Part 2 Christmas

Claim expenses for your limited company Christmas party and legitimate festive season tax deductible expenses

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Expenses and Benefits Part 1 Transport

Understanding limited company benefits, expenses and claimable allowances as part of pre-tax operational costs. Contractors, small businesses, read this and pay less tax.

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How to register for Corporation tax

Starting your own company? New Limited Company contractor? Follow this step by step work instruction with images, a simple guide to registering for Corporation tax and Government Gateway services

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Splitting Businesses to Avoid VAT

Could you split your limited company into separate parts to avoid VAT? Yes, but only in certain circumstances. Click here for contractor limited company tax advice and information.

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Reclaiming VAT Through your Contractor Limited Company

Contractors and Directors running their own limited company can reclaim the VAT made on any purchases made through the company. Find out how you can reclaim the money spent on VAT.

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Is using an Umbrella Company your Best Option

Is using a contractor umbrella company your best option? Plus customer satisfaction surveys on umbrella company services.

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Quick Guide Contractor Limited Company VAT

As unbelievable as this may seem, HMRC actually give contractor limited companies money for doing nothing - really. Flat Rate VAT. Dummies guide to contracting.

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Quick Guide Contractor Limited Company Tax

Quick Guide to Contractor Limited Company Tax. You know what they say about Death & Taxes, well its true! Dummies guide to contracting.

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Quick Guide Contractor Limited Company Corporation Tax

Quick guide to limited company Corporation Tax. Dummies guide to contracting. Click here to find out more.

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Processing Contractor Limited Company Expenses

Claiming contractor limited company expenses. Umbrella Compare - the home of contracting. No jargon no nonsense no bull. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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HMRC Lacking Carrot Plenty of Stick

Contractors who run their own limited companies are required to have structured record keeping. Did you know that there are penalties for businesses? Find our more here

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What you need to Consider when Running your own Limited Company

Considerations when running your own one-man limited company with limited company accountant comparison tool

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Own Limited Company 24 Month Rule

Own Limited Company - 24 Month Rule. Find how a long term contract can mean the loss of claiming business expenses. Click here to see how it affects your net pay!

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Limited Company Dividend Voucher

Guide to limited company dividend vouchers with example. What a limited company dividend voucher and what it means to your company

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What are the Advantages of Running your own Limited Company

Advantages of running your own Limited Company. Plus limited company accountant comparison calculator

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Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance explained. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Contractor Limited Company Pensions

Pensions may make your eyes glaze over and send you into a trance, but it's important and it could save you money now and improve your future. Dummies guide to pensions and limited company contracting.

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Limited Company Director Obligations

Contractor limited company director obligations. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Contractor Limited Company Mum and Dad

Managing your contractor limited company. As a parent you have various legal and moral duties to your child same applies to running your own limited company.

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Contracting Through a Limited Company

Find out how you can contract through your own limited company. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Home Office Expenses

Contractor limited company Home office expenses. Click here to see all the expenses a contractor and limited company is allowed to claim.

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Contractor Limited Company Business Bank Account

Contractor limited company bank accounts. Handy Guides on how to handle your limited company bank account. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Companies House forms for Limited Companies

A list of useful Companies House forms for Limited Companies.

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Claiming Limited Company Expenses

Contractors running their own limited company can lower their tax bill by claiming business expenses. Click to find out what expenses you can claim for your limited company.

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Entertainment Expenses

Limited Company Entertainment Expenses - What are you allowed to claim? Click here to see what expenses are allowed by HMRC.

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Are Training Costs an Allowable Limited Company Expense

Are training costs a limited company expense? Ensure your next course is tax deducted

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How Do I Contract Through a Limited Company

Do you want to set up your own contractor limited company? Compare UK's Leading ltd company accountants Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Limited Company Expenses What can be Claimed

Contractor limited company expenses what can and cannot be claimed by contractors running a limited company.

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Guide to Limited Company Dividends

Guide to limited company dividends. How and when to pay your Company Dividends. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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Reasons to Get it Right

Contractors face an increased threat level of being investigated by HMRC. Make sure your limited company records are in good order. What to do if investigated by HMRC.

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Quick Guide to Contractor Limited Company

Quick Guide to Contractor Limited Company, Pros and Cons. Dummies guide to contracting and limited company accountants.

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HMRC Compliance

It's the basics... Compliance with Tax, VAT, PAYE and fiscal arrangements is mandatory for contractors regardless of whether you use an umbrella company or your own limited company.

Incredible then that there are still rogue umbrella companies and limited company accountants who expose their contractors to fraud. Umbrella Compare provides THE solution, we thoroughly vet all umbrella companies and limited company accountants that we list [Read more...].

Umbrella Compare provides a holistic overview of contracting with the aim of helping new and old contractors find the right payroll solutions. Contracting should be about focusing on the contract, not payroll, accounting, HMRC and bureaucracy.