16 Dec 2016

IR35 in the Public Sector – New rules from April 2017

What's changing?  The underlying IR35 rules are not changing, but the responsibility for determining whether they apply will shift from the contractor to the public sector end client. So, in the public sector only, the hiring organisation will determine the IR35 status of an engagement. If it decides IR35 does apply, the contractor business will...

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16 Dec 2016

Changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme – from April 2017

Changes to the Flat Rate Scheme The government continues to attack contractors next year by cutting the benefit of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme.  The changes affecting businesses with very low cost bases like IT, banking, project manager contractors, construction workers who supply labour but don't purchase raw materials. The bottom line is that if...

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6 May 2016

Free Xero Training!

Did you know you can get free Xero training on how to do the things you need to do to keep your Xero books up to date?  The good news is that the Xero training is on video, free and quick.  The slight disappointment (if you are not a US citizen) is that is narrated in...

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5 Mar 2016

Contractor mortgages

Contractors typically face more of a struggle from lenders who are unable to see past traditional employment and earnings history. Through our network of contacts we are able to put our contractor clients in touch with a mortgage broker who has access to mortgage products which work for contractors.  Join us and see we can help...

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5 Mar 2016

The new dividend tax

New dividend tax rules kick in from 6th April 2016 which increases the tax cost for shareholders of limited companies. The current system of dividend tax credits is being abolished.  At the moment, if you with draw £900 in cash dividends this is treated as £1,000 of taxable income in your income tax return.  However,...

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18 Dec 2015

How to claim home office expenses

If you use a room in your home as office space for running your business, then there are two ways of claiming home office expenses one of which is relatively straight forward, and the other of which is more complicated. The simple option - The flat rate claim This is the easiest way to claim for your...

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22 Nov 2015

VAT and Locum doctors

Beware of your VAT position if you are an incorporated locum doctor.  Depending on whether you invoice the agency (who invoices the client for your services) or the end client directly (usually an NHS healthcare trust), you may face differing VAT treatments.  The provision of locum services by an agency is generally deemed the provision...

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