Why a Good Umbrella Won’t Stop You Paying Tax

, 07 September 2020

Some weeks, here at UCHQ, while we spend far more time than we should wondering exactly what the intern does, we also spend a good deal of time wondering how the umbrella company industry managed to get itself into such a mess. The tales of the umbrella companies of old, still swirl around, and there […]

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Job Skills to Have in the Post-Covid Era

, 01 September 2020

It’s been a rough year for contractors. As we have previously reported here, the industry is showing signs of recession, not made any easier by the still-lingering threats from IR35 and a nation of new work-from-homers. But there is some good news. Some of you have already got some key skills that people are looking […]

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Disguised Renumeration and Spies in the Grass

, 24 August 2020

This week here at UCHQ, life is returning to something approaching normality. The intern is back to wasting time on social media, the old ‘umbrella’ jokes keep flowing, and we ponder what autumn will bring, besides a renewed need for actual umbrellas.   There seems to be something of a stir in the world of […]

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Is the Self-Employed Dream Ending?

, 17 August 2020

It seems the lockdown dreams of the life of a freelancer were cut short for many self-employed during lockdown. It has been reported by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) that over a quarter of a million self-employed workers returned to full time employment during the COVID crisis, we assume as the result of the […]

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More news on the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

, 10 August 2020

Yes, more news this week as those further details that we were promised back at the start of July about what was going to happen with the Job Retention Bonus Scheme Payments has finally been announced by the UK government.   As discussed in an earlier post, we were not sure if this bonus would […]

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Back to work (for some)

, 03 August 2020

This week sees more people than ever back at work. In theory anyway. Today was the day that the great British public were meant to be back at work – office workers included, but that isn’t what has happened.   Public transport remains far emptier than usual, famous landmarks in the city such as Canary […]

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The future of the job market? It could go either way..

, 27 July 2020

While life appears to be returning to something approaching reality, the view ahead is not quite so cheery.

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Umbrella Windfalls

, 20 July 2020

As the weeks go on here at UCHQ, the world is starting to return to normal for us, thankfully. We are all back in our socially distanced office (although we could just call that ‘the office’ – it wasn’t like we were that close to start with). The intern is back and busy googling ‘Chinese […]

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Sun’s out – who needs an umbrella?

, 13 July 2020

Another week, another COVID-related budget update from the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. And, as the sun is shining, the forecast is that umbrellas may not be needed. (Well. One kind, anyway). Umbrella companies are still definitely needed for all those contractors who would be financially worse off without them. In his budget, Mr Sunak announced a […]

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Got Furlough? August Changes Incoming

, 06 July 2020

Another week, another sting in the tail for some contractors who are using umbrella companies. If it wasn’t bad enough that many contractors felt they had no choice but to move to an umbrella company, from a limited company because of the imminent (and now deferred) IR35 legislation, those self-same contractors are now finding themselves […]

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Cowboys and Covid-19

, 29 June 2020

As if people haven’t had enough to deal with these past few months, news reaches us here at UCHQ that Umbrella Companies are, once again, finding themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time it is a group of Umbrella Companies who have been deliberately targeting NHS returners to join them with […]

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Furloughed? Or Not? It’s Still All Up in the Air

, 22 June 2020

Yes, despite being months into lockdown, news reaches us here at UCHQ that for many of you, you are still not seeing any money coming in from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, despite being unable to work for some months now. While any clarity from the government about exactly how furloughing should work for Umbrella […]

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Umbrella Companies and COVID-19 – what you need to know

, 15 June 2020

Yes, we’ve been gone for a little while, but just for some essential work on bigger things at UCHQ, such as furloughing the intern and the rest of the team.

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Should Umbrella Companies be Regulated?

, 03 February 2020

In a week where there is clearly a dire need for umbrellas (of any colour) outside, we thought we’d turn our attention away from the never-ending will they/won’t they saga of IR35 and instead, turn our attention back to the matter of whether or not umbrella companies should be regulated. There’s been so much back […]

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Umbrellas in Alderley Edge

, 20 January 2020

Breaking news here from our intern, who, rather than focusing on researching and writing about tax affairs and business administration is, as always more concerned with the fashion world, who tells us that last week, Coleen Rooney was spotted last week in Alderley Edge with an umbrella costing a whopping £185.

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IR35 Changes off the Table

, 10 January 2020

It’s been a disappointing start to the year here at UCHQ. Not only is the intern still performing abysmally and is more concerned with her social media and planning her holidays than doing any actual work, but we are saddened to hear that the forthcoming review into any potential changes to the IR35 legalisation will […]

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