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How to make freelancing work as a parent

It’s ironic that the reason why many women, in particular, choose to go freelance or become a consultant is because they have children. (According to IPSE, the number of new mothers choosing to go freelance work rather than ...

Will IR35 reform impact overseas projects?

Q: "I have a contract, renewed each year for the last 3 years, directly with a French-based company. My contract and working practices are reviewed each year with regards to IR35 status and each time they fall outside the legislation. How ...

Prime Minister confirms “thorough review” of Loan Charge will take place

Boris Johnson has delivered on his promise and ordered a review of the controversial Loan Charge. Having previously described it as “superficially unjust” in the Conservative Party leadership race only a few months ago, Mr Johnson annou...

My office, a business expense?

Q. I am an IT Contractor based at home and need an office space to separate my home and family life (aka noise). I would like to build a (temporary) office building in the garden. My accountant tells me that I would have to pay for this out...

Can I claim for attending training courses?

I work as a contractor for the Ministry of Defence inside IR35, can l claim for attending training courses? Also if l pay into a pension, are payments taken gross or NET of the 13.8% employers NI contribution? In relation to trainin...

Do I need written determination of my IR35 status?

I have a limited company and I am currently working on a project for a public sector end client, through a consultancy firm. I have worked through the consultancy firm for a few years, on different projects with different end clients but ...

Leaky umbrellas?

HMRC is warning that some disguised remuneration schemes used by umbrella companies to avoid income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) by using loan advances contravene tax rules. Under the arrangements, a contractor becom...

Will my status change in April?

I am a contractor working for a large private sector company. I'm contracted for 3 months at a time and have been engaged by this client for the past 6 years. I've done annual working practice reviews and the 3 monthly renewals are review...

This is IR35 relegation form!

HMRC has lost another high profile IR35 tribunal case after radio presenter and comedy writer Paul Hawksbee successfully challenged a deemed tax bill of roughly £140,000. The tribunal reached its decision by the casting vote of Judge ...

Will the three year rule still apply?

A large company that I am interested in contracting for has a union rule that contractors are only allowed to be engaged on contracts for three years maximum and then cannot be engaged on another contract for a minimum of six months, at w...

Can I claim for medical expenses?

Is it possible for a company director to claim private medical expenses against his Ltd Co where the medical cost directly relates to being unable to work as a result of not getting the medical attention? For example, I suffer from art...

Is my accommodation a tax-deductible business expense?

I am an IT contractor whose contracts usually require me to work 3+ hours journey from my rural home/home office. In these cases my company will rent accommodation near the client site which I use Mon-Thurs only. I claim expenses from my ...

Are Recruiters Ready for IR35 Reform?

Are Recruiters Ready for IR35 Reform? Well with little over six months to go until IR35 reform is extended to the private sector, contractors impacted by the pending changes have issued a vote of no confidence in recruitment agencies, wit...

Am I doing enough to be ‘outside IR35’?

I currently work for between 5 & 10 companies each month. As all my work is remote. I use my own equipment and software licences. The hours I work are up to me. I'm comfortable that I'm outside IR35 for all my work. It looks like I...

Winning Work Through LinkedIn

LinkedIn now has over 620 million members worldwide, yet I still talk to Contractors who haven’t embraced LinkedIn “because they are not a fan of social media”. Let’s be clear, LinkedIn is not a social media channel; it is a prof...

VAT Advice for Small Businesses

As the owner of a small business, there are a few things you should be aware of when it comes to VAT - or “Value Added Tax”. It’s important to ensure that you are fully educated on these matters, as a failure to adhere to the rules ma...