2018 Budget Statement predictions: IR35 and MTD

It has been announced that Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, on Monday 29th October, will present the 2018 Budget Statement. Many were expecting the Autumn Budget to be presented at a later date, but it has been brought forward to avoid clashing with any potential fall-out from the final Brexit negotiations.   IR35 For…

A landmark decision: contractor wins over £4000 holiday pay-out in IR35 case

The latest IR35 tribunal case win for contractor Susan Winchester has been penned as a ‘game-changer’ for the industry. After a year-long battle, Winchester successfully won over £4000 in compensation for holiday pay from HMRC, after being placed as inside-IR35.   Background In September 2016, Winchester’s company, SJW Marketing Solutions Ltd, was contracted by HMRC…

Fuss-free finances with FreeAgent

FreeAgent was designed specifically with small businesses and the self-employed in mind, with a wide range of features formulated to simplify the administration of contracting. For the second year running FreeAgent was awarded Small Business Accounting Software of the Year, at the Accounting Excellence awards. It is an excellent cloud-based accounting software that makes updating…

Contractor wellbeing series: studies show self-employed have higher job satisfaction

A recent study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, revealed that self-employed people are much happier and have more job satisfaction than employees. The research carried out by business experts from the Universities of Exeter and Sheffield showed that contractors are more engaged with their projects and find work to be more rewarding…

Busting IR35 myths: sorting the fact from the fiction

Have you heard a variety of claims about IR35 that seem to make sense but you’re just not sure if they’re true? We’ve rounded up a few common IR35 myths we’ve heard and want to debunk them for you. The legislation is complex as it is without these IR35 myths and assumptions being added to…

What to consider if you want to switch from umbrella to limited

When you first start out in contracting, working under an umbrella company is an excellent stepping-stone into the world of self-employment. But at what point should you start considering switching to a limited company? If you are new to contracting, using an umbrella company is ideal due to the minimal administration you need to manage.…