Cracking down on risky contractor loan schemes

2017 was a turbulent year for contractors, especially those who work within the public sector and were hit by the introduction of the “off-payroll” reforms in April. Following this, a storm of risky umbrella firms begun luring temporary workers with promises of higher take-home retentions in a bid to sidestep the tax crackdown that occurred…

Tax avoidance and the importance of compliant umbrella companies

Tax avoidance was once again at the forefront of the government’s agenda in the Autumn Budget. A topic that has been meticulously discussed, Philip Hammond announced during his speech on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 that “the Government is committed to tackling tax evasion, avoidance and aggressive tax planning.” We’ve already seen an increased focus from…

Rules regarding tax evasion: Criminal Finances Act 2017

On April 27th 2017, the Criminal Finances Bill received Royal Assent becoming the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and represents a significant development in the UK’s anti-money laundering regime in over a decade as well as the largest expansion of corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010. From 30th September 2017, companies became criminally liable if they fail to…

5 reasons you may want to switch from limited to umbrella

You’ll often find discussions and reasons as to why you should move from an umbrella to a limited company. But we thought we’d discuss the reverse, because sometimes, the arrangements of working through a limited company, no longer make sense for the position you are in. So why might you consider switching from a limited…

Giving back and getting back this Christmas: tax relief and expenses

With just over 2 weeks left until Christmas, it’s safe to say the winter celebrations are in full swing. With that, we wanted to recap on the expenses and tax relief you may be able to claim through your charitable donations and work festivities. Getting a little back for yourself, while treating and gifting others…

How compliant umbrella companies are beneficial to recruitment agencies

For recruitment agencies, the relationship between consultants and their contractors is built on trust. Candidates rely on recruiters to provide the best possible advice in regards to their finances and salary. This is why it’s vital that agencies use a clear, concise and compliant umbrella company for support. We explore how agencies can benefit from…