Subsistence benchmarks

It has almost been 3 months since the start of the 2016/17 tax year. Contractors who are eligible to claim subsistence (e.g. those who are working in temporary workplaces for less than 24 months and outside of IR35) have been able to further reduce their administrative work by utilising HMRC Benchmark Rates. From 6 April…

Sweepstake kit and wallchart for Euro 2016

Downloads Euro 2016 is just around the corner and excitement is brewing. Can our young England squad show the world how talented they are and bring the nation home its first major football trophy since the World Cup in 1966?   Euro 2016 – come on England! Roy Hodgson has provided us with a few…

Web tools and applications to increase productivity

This article focuses on web tools and applications that could have a major impact on the way you operate as a freelancer, to increase productivity. Some, if not all, may not be relevant to your specific line of work. However, it is still fascinating to know what’s out there… Social Media Social media is free…

Are you suited to a Personal Service Company?

Umbrella or Personal Service Company Contractors working through an umbrella company are unable to claim tax relief on travel and subsistence, if they are subject to Supervision, Direction or Control (SDC). The change in legislation came into place on the 6th April 2016. With a large majority of umbrella workers previously claiming travel and subsistence,…

The 6th of April is here – entering the new world of contracting

A guest article from our sister company Cloud9 Umbrella What has changed? The Spring Budget 2016 has confirmed there will be restrictions for contractors who are claiming travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses, starting from 6 April. From now on, Cloud9 Umbrella will have to assess all of our workers, and determine their Supervision, Direction or…

Budget highlights for contractors and freelancers

On Wednesday, the 2016 Budget was presented to MPs in the House of Commons. This year’s Budget has reiterated the government’s intention to clamp down on those they perceive to be avoiding taxes. We are yet to receive definitive information on many of the topics relating to contractors and the self-employed; however, the imminent release…