Umbrella expenses – why not?

Expenses cannot be claimed when you’re an Umbrella worker and subject to supervision, direction and control. Here we explain why.

Witches and extra-woolly underwear: the bold and bizarre excuses and expense claims taxpayers have made

With every annual Self Assessment deadline, HMRC releases some of the unusual and outlandish excuses they receive for late tax return submissions. They also reveal some of the more brazen expense claims self-assessors have attempted to submit. Regardless of how amusing these entrants may be, HMRC holds its stance that these eccentric excuses and claims…

5 common mistakes to look out for in your Self Assessment Tax Return

Completing and submitting your Self Assessment Tax Return (SATR) can seem like a daunting task, but having it prepared well in advance of the 31st January deadline will make your life so much easier. If you miss the deadline you will be subject to a penalty, and this sum will only increase the longer you…

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…