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What is my notice period?

Q. I recently worked on a contract for about 12 months where I was led to believe that the notice period was 4 weeks to me and 4 weeks from me. It was stated in the offer, written on the contract itself, and also stated several times verbally during the contract by the agency acc...

Umbrella Rates

Q. Can agencies list only rates as Umbrella rates if the contract is inside IR35. 
Surely they must quote the overall rate and the contractor can choose which ever umbrella provider they like???
 Most NHS jobs are listed as 'umbrella rates' ...but not sure what that entails o...

Do I have to register for VAT?

Q: I started contracting a month ago after being made redundant from my PAYE position. Things are going quite smoothly, but my agency is now badgering me for my VAT certificate. I did not register for VAT because I read that you have to be earning a certain amount (£80Kish?) for...

Should I close down my LTD Company?

Q. I currently don’t have a contract. I’ve just finished a job that lasted 18 months (initially a 6 month rolling contract) and I’m unsure whether I’m going to take on another contract this year. I have £20K within the company and am looking forward to a few months off. ...

IR35 Expenses – Accommodation Costs

Q. My question relates to IR35 expenses. My permanent homes address is 150 miles away from my place of work. The only way I could maintain this contract is to go in on Monday and return home on Friday as otherwise I will have to make a 300 miles trip daily by road as I need my ca...

High Profile Government Project

Q. There's a Business Intelligence role going in Peterborough for a 'high profile Government project'. The emails from the recruitment agency say it's outside IR35. That can't be correct can it?A. Without knowing the full details or looking at contractual terms and the actual...

Can a company pay my travel costs?

Q. I am looking at starting a new contract & it is the first one I have engaged on which looks to be clearly within IR35. If I take it on I will pay myself salary + pension contribution up to the 95% deemed payment restriction, & understand I cannot get corporation tax r...

Limited, sole trader or umbrella?

Q. I am due to start a part time (3 days/week) job as a contractor to an agency. I have never done this before having always been an employee. The rate for the work is £20/hr or £25/hr umbrella?I have asked questions of many people, including the agency, and have been told ...

IR35 – Should the client be booking my flights?

Q. In terms of a contract if all other parts would be deemed to be classed as outside of IR35, but the company required occasional short notice travel abroad, and the company are suggesting that their own travel department would book and pay for those flights would that then put ...

Length of engagement – am I outside of IR35?

Q. A query regarding IR35 - I'm currently working in a contract outside of IR35 - if I'm offered an extension which takes my time at the company above 2 years will that mean the IR35 status changes. I know you lose the option to claim travel expenses at that point but I noticed i...

Am I eligible for claiming my travel expenses?

Q. I am IT consultant and working for the same client for last 4 years. First two and half years the deliverables were different (say job role 1) and last 1.5 years the deliverables were different (say job role 2). I have terminated my assignment 10 days before the actual end dat...

Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Q. If I have a contract with a company for 1 year and I need to set up my own business, do I have a limited business or sole trader?A. We cannot advise you on whether to set up a limited company or operate as a sole trader.There are many factors to consider, such as your ...

IR35 – Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Q. Having completed the dreaded online HMRC IR35 test my result was inconclusive. Having completed the test a number of times it would seem to be that the inconclusive result hinges on a single question namely "What does the worker have to provide for this engagement that they ca...