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Chancellor eyes limited company tax increase

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is thought to be considering a sharp increase in the rate of corporation tax, as the Treasury attempts to curb borrowing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports suggest that the tax, which is paid on the profits of limited companies, could gradually increase from 19% to as much as 25% by the end of the current parliamentary term.

What does ‘inside IR35’ mean for contractors?

With changes to off-payroll working rules imminent, experts predict a tidal wave of new ‘inside IR35’ judgements in the next few months. 

If you are a contractor working through your own limited company then you are at risk of being judged ‘inside IR35’ - but what does this mean for you and your bank account?

With changes to off-payroll working rules imminent, experts predict a tidal wave of new ‘inside IR35’ judgements in the next few months. 

If you are a contractor working through your own limited company then you are at risk of being judged ‘inside IR35’ - but what does this mean for you and your bank account?

HMRC’s IR35 Checker Can’t Decide on 20% of Cases
marketing | 17 December 2020
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HMRC’s controversial ‘Check Employment Status for Tax’ (CEST) tool is unable to provide an IR35 status for one-in-five contractor queries. 

With a few months to go before IR35 rule changes are applied to contractors in the private sector, HMRC data shows that their online IR35 checking tool was used almost a million times in the last year.

Of the 975,416 online checks completed, the tax authority found that 505,598 (52%) were deemed outside IR35, 281,099 (29%) were classed as inside IR35 and 188,719 (19%) were undetermined, meaning the tool could not provide a definitive answer.

How do umbrella companies avoid IR35?

Umbrella companies allow contractors to achieve IR35 compliance. If a limited company contract is deemed ‘inside IR35’, contracting through an umbrella company is usually preferable.

This will become more important as an upcoming rule change will mean that many more contractors are caught out by IR35 legislation.

Government guidance issued on 4 April confirms that Company Directors are eligible to be furloughed and receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Government guidance issued on 4 April confirms that Company Directors are eligible to be furloughed and receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is welcome news as Directors could get paid 80% of wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.
 
If the furlough option is followed, the Director may not work for a minimum 3 week period and may only carry out statutory duties set out in the Companies Act 2006. The decision to furlough should be formally adopted as a decision of the company, noted in the company records and communicated in writing to the Director(s) concerned.
 
If you require further information regarding furlough, please email furlough@umbrella.co.uk or follow the following useful links:

Keep well and stay safe. We will continue to update you with any relevant information.

IR35 Contractors: Watch Out For Unlawful Umbrellas

New IR35 rules due to take effect in the private sector from April 2021 could force thousands of limited company contractors to shutter their limited company and start using an umbrella company for the first time.

Joining an umbrella company is a tax efficient way to ensure IR35 compliance while also enjoying some for the benefits that come along with being an employee, such as holiday and sick pay.

Unfortunately some non-PAYE payment vehicles also describe themselves as ‘umbrellas’ and these schemes are often illegitimate.

Contractor guide: Moving from a limited company to umbrella model in 2021
marketing | 11 January 2021
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Many contractors are likely to close their limited companies this year and subscribe to an umbrella company to try and avoid punitive new IR35 rules.

For the most part, limited company contractors love the tax advantages and the autonomy that comes with running their own personal service company (PSC). But a major shift in the way that IR35 legislation is applied in the private sector could lock thousands of contractors into high-tax, low-benefit arrangements.

If you tend to work very closely with your private sector clients and are at risk of being trapped in an ‘inside IR35’ contract, then switching to an umbrella company model of working could be the best move you make in 2021.

Contractor productivity worth £5,000 per employee

A new report into contractor productivity has found that firms with at least 11% of their workforce as contractors are more productive, with each employee generating an extra £4,669 for their organisation on average.

Researchers from the Trinity Business School and the University of Derby said the results showed the important role that contractors can play in the UK’s recovery.

We are still here to support our customers

Umbrella.co.uk staff are still working hard to support our contractors and agency partners from home. We would like to thank you all for your patience and look forward to being safely back together in the office. If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support our agency partners. If you are a contractor with a query, be assured that our full customer service team is active. So, get in touch, they’re waiting to help you!

The Job Retention Scheme - Update for Umbrella Contractor Employees

We hope you are staying safe in these testing times.
 
The Job Retention Scheme has been announced by the government to support those PAYE workers who have been laid off due to the coronavirus.
 
Unfortunately as a business we are restricted by the pace in which the government releases the detail. The Directors here at umbrella.co.uk are in talks with our employment lawyers continuously about the Job Retention Scheme as well as liaising with industry bodies like the FCSA & APSCo. See the latest response from the FCSA here.
 
Rest assured we are hoping to be in a position where those whose assignments are terminated due to Covid 19 are able to be furloughed. However, until we are comfortable with the detail we cannot provide you with confirmation.
 
Once we have the full detail from the government in terms of how furlough payments can be processed for umbrella employees, we will be back in touch with the information you need.

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