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The FCSA’s CEO Explains Recent Amendment To Section A10 Of Codes Of Compliance

The FCSA’s CEO explains recent amendments to Section A10 of Codes of Compliance

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has recently updated its Codes of Compliance to clarify the confusion surrounding umbrella companies and holiday pay and to strengthen compliance by its members. However, the recent updates have been scrutinised by industry stakeholders. Contractor UK said the “FCSA rubbed out words proposed …

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Umbrella Companies And Holiday Pay - What Is Going On In The Industry?

Umbrella companies and holiday pay – what is going on in the industry?

The FCSA has recently updated its Codes of Compliance in response to industry-wide frustration surrounding a few umbrella companies retaining their workers’ holiday pay. Such practice is providing a handful of umbrellas with significant boosts in profits, but the practice is unethical and has rightfully been heavily reported on. In …

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The FCSA Updates Codes Of Compliance – July 2022

The FCSA Updates Codes Of Compliance – July 2022

In a recent article (July 2022) by Chris Bryce on the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association’s (FCSA) website, it’s been unveiled that the FCSA has updated its Codes of Compliance. With the primary objective of the FCSA to “champion compliance across the sector and protect the interests of members, workers …

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Contractor UK Brings ‘Sham’ Umbrella Company Accreditation Body To Light In Alarming Article

Contractor UK brings ‘sham’ umbrella company accreditation body to light in alarming article

As if choosing a compliant umbrella company isn’t difficult enough! There are over 500 umbrellas in the UK, and while most are compliant, some are tax avoidance schemes preying on vulnerable contractors and freelancers. In an article by Contractor UK, a ‘sham’ accreditation body has been identified. If you’re a …

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First-Tier Tribunal Rules In Favour Of HMRC Leaving Umbrella Company Exchequer Solution Facing £11 Million Tax Bill

First-Tier Tribunal rules in favour of HMRC leaving umbrella company Exchequer Solutions facing £11 million tax bill

An FCSA accredited umbrella company, Exchequer Solutions, has lost a First-Tier Tribunal against HMRC relating to an £11 million tax bill due to errors processing historical contractor expenses. In this article, we summarise the case between HMRC and Exchequer Solutions and share the FCSA’s official response to the First-Tier Tribunal …

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Advice For Contractors Who Think They’ve Not Received Their Fair Share Of Holiday Pay From An Umbrella Company

Advice for contractors who think they’ve not received their fair share of holiday pay from an umbrella company

Compliant umbrella companies will not only explain how holiday pay works before you register with them, but they’ll also ensure they process it compliantly and as requested. Frustratingly, this hasn’t always been the case and a few umbrella companies have been accused of retaining holiday pay for themselves – leaving …

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Report by Committee of Public Accounts is "damning indictment of the IR35 rules", says IPSE

Report by Committee of Public Accounts is “damning indictment of the IR35 rules”, says IPSE

In a report (25th May 2022) by the Committee of Public Accounts entitled ‘Lessons from implementing IR35 reforms’, HMRC is accused of having “done little to understand the wider impact of the reforms on workers or labour markets”. Keep reading as we summarise the report and share IPSE’s views on …

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10 Organisations Every Contractor And Freelancer Should Be Following

10 organisations every contractor and freelancer should be following

If you’re a contractor or freelancer, there are many rules and regulations to understand within your sector – especially when it comes to payroll. For example, with so many temporary workers finding themselves inside IR35 since recent changes to off-payroll working rules, hundreds of thousands of workers have been required …

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Umbrella Company Examples – The Difference Between A Compliant Umbrella And Tax Avoidance Scheme

Umbrella company examples – the difference between a compliant umbrella and tax avoidance scheme

We’ve noticed that many contractors and freelancers are Google searching for ‘umbrella company examples’, and as a result, our team has put a few examples together to help you out. Please keep reading for two umbrella company examples – one example being an experience with a compliant umbrella company and …

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An Umbrella Company Comparison Guide

An Umbrella Company Comparison Guide

The umbrella company market is booming, and there are over 500 providers in the UK. With so many companies to choose from, how do you know which umbrella will provide you with the best value and most reliable payroll service? Please keep reading because this guide will explain everything you …

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Should You Bother Transferring Umbrella Companies?

Should You Bother Transferring Umbrella Companies?

Transferring umbrella companies sounds stressful. However, you may be surprised to know that it’s pretty easy, and your new umbrella will support you throughout the process. Please keep reading, and we’ll summarise the steps involved when transferring umbrella companies, and we’ll help you decide whether it’s worth moving or not. …

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The FCSA responds to the Queen's speech: No Employment Bill is a "missed opportunity"

The FCSA responds to the Queen’s speech: No Employment Bill is a “missed opportunity”

In a blog on the Freelancer and Contractor Service Association’s (FCSA) website, CEO Chris Bryce explains how he believes leaving out the Employment Bill from the Queen’s speech is a “missed opportunity”. Chris reiterates the umbrella company sector still requires “much-needed” regulations to protect contingent workers. Keep reading for more …

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We’ve Updated Our Umbrella Company Directory To Help You Identify Which Providers Are FCSA And Professional Passport Accredited

We’ve Updated Our Umbrella Company Directory To Help You Identify Which Providers Are FCSA And Professional Passport Accredited

There are hundreds of umbrella companies in the UK, meaning it’s difficult to choose a provider you can trust with so many options. To help make your life easier, we’ve updated our popular umbrella company directory that shows the providers accredited by either the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) …

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What should you do if you receive inaccurate and unethical pay illustrations from an umbrella company?

What should you do if you receive inaccurate and unethical pay illustrations from an umbrella company?

The UCHQ team recently received an email from a concerned contractor. The message suggested an FCSA accredited umbrella company had given the contractor a misleading take-home pay illustration, and this was discovered once the worker had been paid for the first time. Please keep reading, and we’ll share the story …

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Umbrella workers' national insurance increase is almost double that of regular workers

Umbrella Workers’ National Insurance Increase Is Almost Double That Of Regular Workers

The Chancellor will impose an increase in both employers’ and employees’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs), which will take effect from April 6th 2022.  The increase being imposed is 1.25 percentage points, meaning the actual rise is about 9% for employers and 10% for employees.  For some time, most freelancers working for end clients through an umbrella company have …

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Today Is Your Last Chance To Help The Government With A Call For Evidence About Umbrella Companies

Today Is Your Last Chance To Help The Government With A Call For Evidence About Umbrella Companies

The deadline is this evening! If you are a contractor, freelancer, recruitment agency or end-hirer who engages with umbrella companies, please help the government with the call for evidence into umbrella companies. The consultation closes this evening at 11:45 PM. Your input could help shape the future of the umbrella …

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