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Contractor Expenses – Parking

Q. I'm an electrical apprentice on 10k a year. I drive to work everday and pay for secure parking. I dont get any expenses from my company. Is it possible to claim back any of this expense.A. As you are an employee, you are unable to reclaim any associated costs of travelling...

Am I required to work through an umbrella company?

Q. I am an independent educational psychologist. up until now (I started working independently in 2008) I have been told that I need to be set up as a limited company for agencies and local authorities to want to hire me. Now I am being told I need to be joining an umbrella compa...

Will IR35 affect me?

Q. I work for several local Authorities as a Complaints Investigator, I have always been self employed. Will IR35 affect me?A. IR35 is assessed on a series of status tests using the written contract terms/your working practices for each individual engagement. Without these, i...

Advertising Your Services

Q. A friend of mine wants to put my picture on his limited company website, advertising me a highly skilled contractor he uses to help him generate orders of course. I operate a limited company, could this be interpreted that I am an employee of his company?A. As long as it i...

IR35: Reviewing Previous Years

Q. I work in the private sector and, along with other contractors, are preparing for the introduction of the same IR35 legislation in the public sector.One question I have is that, if placed within IR35 legislation by the client, could HMRC review previous years of working? I...

Public Sector Changes: Self Employed Teacher

Q. My friend is a self employed yoga teacher. She works at 6 different places during the week - but does two half days at a school. Today she was told (out of the blue) by the school that because of IR35 she can no ...

Requirements as a Sole Trader

Q. I've recently returned to work and I am currently a self-employed advisor. I am working with a client but there are no pre-agreed hours or days in our contract - we agree the work required depending on what is needed and my availability. I invoice at the end of each month and ...

Contractor Expenses

Q. I've been paid off from my last job and work on contracts mostly, I was PAYE on my last job and now unemployed. I worked away from home a lot and had to pay for everything out of my own pocket , is there any way I can recoup any expenses that I incurred?A. If you were oper...

Can my wife’s income be retained as company profit?

Q. My wife has been offered a freelance advertising contract, with the stipulation that she engages them via Ltd Company. We would not need my wife's earnings to live off. If she was deemed to be inside IR35, is it feasible for her to draw zero (or minimum) salary and for the inc...

Am I on the government’s radar regards IR35?

Q. I am undergoing SC clearance and there are a number of questions that go into your business dealings for the last five or so years. Whilst I have nothing to hide, my concern is that this will put me on the government's radar as regards IR35. Have you heard of any cases where a...

Will status changes as a result of the public-sector guidelines incur an IR35 enquiry?

Q.  I've been contracting to my public-sector client for a number of years and they've just deemed me to be inside IR35 under the new intermediaries legislation. There are two agencies between myself and my client. I agreed to work until 31st March and was assured payment by 5th...

Minimum wage scheme – how will IR35 affect me?

Q. I am a ltd company but operate on a minimum wage scheme and most of my money is made up of expenses and dividend payment.How will ir35 affect me from the 6th of April?A. This will depend on your circumstances. If you are contracted to a public sector client, the client...

Off-payroll working changes – Paying yourself through your company

Q. I'm currently operating a PSC as a limited company with a contract outside IR35. If my next contract post April 6th is inside IR35, the agency would deduct Tax/NI and pay a deemed salary into my business. How do I actually take that money out of the business? Wou...