Further Contract Eye Updates
Contractors thinking of going into business for the first time may be daunted by the thought of forming a limited company. However, in reality, the company formation process is not complex.
(Dec 22, 2011 in Limited Company )
A new report shows that contractors working in mobile commerce roles, building tools for smartphones and tablet computers, are likely to be paid at least 20% more than contractors in more general e-commerce positions.
(Dec 20, 2011 in Market Reports )
HMRC has announced that changes are to be made to the tax treatment of shareholder distributions when a limited company is wound up.
(Dec 19, 2011 in Tax )
A recruitment body says that the recently implemented Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) appear to be having a limited impact on the professional contract market.
(Dec 18, 2011 in Agency Workers Regulations )
For contractors thinking of buying a new property, there are a number of typical stages you can expect to pass through from securing a mortgage offer, to completing on your new home.
(Dec 15, 2011 in Money / Investing )
John Spencer, a retired IT specialist, experienced mixed emotions at a recent First Tier Tax Tribunal hearing, where a long-term engagement was deemed to be only partially subject to the IR35 rules.
(Dec 14, 2011 in IR35 )
The latest JM Digital quarterly market report shows that the demand for digital IT contractor skills remains very high, with the financial sector keener than ever to recruit the finest talent.
(Dec 13, 2011 in Market Reports )
If you are a limited company director, how much money should you put aside to settle your personal tax bill each year?
(Dec 12, 2011 in Tax )
The latest monthly Report on Jobs shows that the demand of permanent IT staff is rising in an otherwise declining jobs market. The demand for contract continued to rise in November, but at a much lower pace than in previous months.
(Dec 7, 2011 in Market Reports )
In the latest of our series on limited company expenses, we look at tax treatment of broadband installed at home.
(Dec 6, 2011 in Tax )
Although most contractors work as one or two-man limited companies, with no other employees, you are allowed to claim back the costs of an annual party for your staff, as long as you follow the HMRC guidelines carefully.
(Dec 5, 2011 in Tax )
In the headline freelance webinar for National Freelancers Day 2011, he describes the intensification of freelance working in both the UK and the US, and explores the changing relationship between individuals and organisations.
(Dec 2, 2011 in News )
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement will probably go down in history as one of the most depressing public finance statements ever made, although some of the measures may have a positive knock-on effect for contractors in the coming years.
(Nov 30, 2011 in News )
Both umbrella and limited company contractors can benefit from significant tax breaks on pension investments. Our guide to salary sacrifice arrangements for contractors.
(Nov 29, 2011 in Money / Investing )
What are the tax implications of paying for health insurance or gym membership via your limited company?
(Nov 28, 2011 in Tax )
Everybody knows how important it is to dress smartly when you are meeting a client for the first time or attending an interview, but could the colour of your clothes really give you the edge?
(Nov 28, 2011 in Contract Work )
One of the most commonly asked questions asked by limited company contractors is what salary should you pay yourself?
(Nov 25, 2011 in Tax )
Why it is important to upgrade your skills when competition for the best IT contracts is tough.
(Nov 24, 2011 in Contract Work )
The latest IR35 Forum minutes show that advances have been made over how HMRC proposes to more accurately identify IR35 targets in the future.
(Nov 23, 2011 in IR35 )
A recent survey found that the most important thing a contractor would give to someone starting out is to make sure they have funds put aside for a rainy day.
(Nov 22, 2011 in News )
The number of doctors and nurses working as contractors has increased significantly over the past two years, according to a new study.
(Nov 22, 2011 in News )
David Cameron has praised freelancers for the contribution they make the UK economy, as new figures reveal that there has been a 12% increase in freelancer numbers since 2008.
(Nov 22, 2011 in News )
The IT Job Board has released a new IT salary / contract rate monitor, which provides regional contract rate data, and the skills most in demand at any one time.
(Nov 17, 2011 in Market Reports )
To celebrate National Freelancers Day, the PCG is to upload a range of webinars to advise freelancers on a wide range of subjects from winning new contracts, to building a strong profile and working as a contractor.
(Nov 17, 2011 in News )
Some of the key accounting dates for limited company contractors, including PAYE/NIC and self assessment deadlines.
(Nov 16, 2011 in Tax )
A specialist IT agency reveals the most advertised contract roles of the past year, and explains why the contracting market remains buoyant despite widespread economic uncertainty.
(Nov 14, 2011 in Market Reports )
More investment banks have slashed contractor rates, bringing back memories of 2008-9, as the continuing financial crisis forces companies to take rapid action to cut costs.
(Nov 11, 2011 in Market Reports )
A new Freedom of Information Request reveals that significant sums of tax have been raised from contractors who self certify themselves as being caught by IR35.
(Nov 9, 2011 in IR35 )
Following the introduction of the Companies Act 2006, limited company directors can provide a 'service address' to appear on the public record, and keep their residential address private.
(Nov 8, 2011 in Limited Company )
Some handy tips for contractors on how to deal with recruitment agents, and how to spot some of the classic tricks of the hiring game.
(Nov 4, 2011 in Contract Work )
The number of contract openings advertised over the past quarter is up almost 5%, with the demand for contractors outpacing the demand for permanent staff.
(Nov 2, 2011 in Market Reports )
With only eight weeks to go, the rush is on for contractors looking to move before Christmas. The good news is you still have time to secure a mortgage if you act now.
(Oct 31, 2011 in Money / Investing )
The bad publicity suffered by the Business Secretary over his non-registration for VAT shows the importance of keeping on top of your accounting and legal obligations.
(Oct 27, 2011 in News )
HMRC has released further data showing that the number of IR35 status enquiries has dropped dramatically since the early 2000's, but the tax raised per enquiry in more recent years has increased greatly.
(Oct 26, 2011 in IR35 )
The ambiguous nature of the Government guidance to the AWR has resulted in confusion over whether or not limited company contractors are affected by the new rules.
(Oct 25, 2011 in Agency Workers Regulations )
When you join a new contractor accountant, with incomplete accounting records in tow, should the new provider charge you to bring them up-to-date?
(Oct 25, 2011 in Contractor Accountants )
Providers who influence contractors to incorporate due to the AWR may fall foul of debt transfer rules
A contractor accountant has warned end users and agencies who influence contractors to work via limited companies in order to avoid the Agency Workers Regulations that they may fall foul of the debt transfer rules.
(Oct 20, 2011 in Agency Workers Regulations )
New data shows that the number of days businesses take to settle their outstanding invoices has increased markedly over the past year, with businesses in the North West the worst offenders.
(Oct 20, 2011 in News )
Just as people were finally getting used to dealing with the complexities of IR35, the introduction of the AWR on 1st October provided another ambiguous set of rules for the contracting industry to get used to.
(Oct 18, 2011 in Agency Workers Regulations )
An overview of the Flat Rate VAT Scheme, and how it could be advantageous for some limited companies.
(Oct 17, 2011 in Tax )
PCG has launched a free Guide to Freelancing, aimed at both start-ups and long-term contractors.
(Oct 14, 2011 in News )
An in-depth guide to the most popular post-AWR umbrella company solutions, and how to ensure that an umbrella company scheme complies with the new rules.
(Oct 13, 2011 in Agency Workers Regulations )
Last month, HMRC published data which showed that there had been a startling drop in IR35 status enquiries in recent years. With this in mind, why should contractors bother taking out contract reviews and IR35 insurance protection?
(Oct 10, 2011 in IR35 )
The latest IR35 Forum minutes show that HMRC is seeking further feedback from industry stakeholders to help improve the way IR35 is currently administered.
(Oct 9, 2011 in IR35 )
When choosing a contractor accountant, you need to be sure that the accountant you sign up with is professionally qualified to do the job, and that safeguards are in place just in case something goes wrong.
(Oct 5, 2011 in Contractor Accountants )
Marc Morris from 1st Option looks at HMRC's conflict between maximising its tax yield, and encouraging the development of a flexible workforce in the UK.
(Oct 4, 2011 in IR35 )
At some stage during your contracting career, you may decide that you would like to change the name of your limited company.
(Oct 3, 2011 in Limited Company )
Some information on the advertising options available for service providers.
(Oct 2, 2011 in About Us )
Accountant Darren Upton, a familiar name in contracting circles, has been made bankrupt by the FSA following the collapse of a collective investment scheme he had been running for contractors.
(Sep 30, 2011 in News )
A new iPhone app, which enables contractors to track and submit their expense and mileage claims online, is now available to download.
(Sep 30, 2011 in News )