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Over 10 years ago, we made it our mission to help contractors and freelancers in the UK. Ever since IR35 legislation was introduced (2000), there has been a real increase in the number of umbrella companies. In fact, there’s now well over 500. Choose a compliant umbrella company for your payroll – you have nothing to worry about. Choose a non-compliant umbrella company – you could find yourself in serious trouble with HMRC.

Our website is dedicated to helping contractors and freelancers make well-informed decisions about their payroll. We’ve done what we can to offer reliable and impartial advice, and we cover all-things umbrella, including IR35, how umbrellas work, the importance of compliance, how to identify evil tax avoidance schemes, and more!

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HMRC name four new tax avoidance schemes – U R Group Limited, Pure Invoicing Limited, Industria PAYE Limited and Countrywide Partners Limited

HMRC continue to name and shame tax avoidance schemes. Since we last posted on this subject, four more tax avoidance schemes have been announced on the government’s website – U R Group Limited, Pure Invoicing Limited, Industria PAYE Limited and Countrywide Partners Limited. Keep reading for more information. Who are …

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How cheap is a cheap umbrella company?

If you are in the middle of choosing a new umbrella company, you are probably trying to identify a cheap umbrella company to ensure you maximise your pay retention. However, there are a lot of factors to consider when determining whether a cheap umbrella company is worth engaging with. This …

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HMRC hands out £1 million fine to promoter of tax avoidance scheme

After a legal battle with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a tax avoidance scheme promoter has been handed a fine of over £1 million. Keep reading and find out more about this ground-breaking case, including details of the company that has been punished and how the £1 million fine was …

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Brookson Group director, Matt Fryer, provides advice to the next government to “champion” the contractor workforce

After dozens of resignations, the inevitable happened, and Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister. With a new PM due to take control in August, the Conservative Party is undergoing a massive transition, including a new leadership race. In an honest and compelling article on Contractor UK, Matt Fryer, MD at …

Brookson Group director, Matt Fryer, provides advice to the next government to “champion” the contractor workforce » Read the full story

New government guidance designed to help employers and workers understand employment status and rights

The government has released comprehensive guidance (26th July 2022) to help businesses and workers understand employment status and rights to ensure legislation is adhered to, and there are no ongoing complications. Keep reading, and we’ll summarise some of the important conclusions within the new guidance. “One-stop shop guidance” Released on …

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The only piece of holiday pay advice contractors need before registering with an umbrella company

Umbrella companies are getting a bad name because a few have let down their employees regarding holiday pay. This article isn’t here to argue for or against umbrella companies. Instead, this short text will help you understand how holiday pay should work when you are paid through an umbrella company. …

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