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Employment rights for contractors?

Mathew Taylor’s independent 2017 review into Modern Working Practices in Britain drew attention to an insecure ‘gig’ economy where many workers are at risk of exploitation. This led to Prime Minister Theresa May responding to the findings earlier this year by promising millions of workers better holiday and sick pay rights, in addition to stronger

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IR35: Why it’s best for the agency, the contractor and the client to work together

According to IPSE’s latest Freelancer Confidence Index, 59% of contractors are wary of the economic conditions ahead. Much of the concern has arisen from recent changes to IR35 (off-payroll working rules) in the public sector, which are also set to apply to the private sector in the near future. The changes place the responsibility for

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4 Ways Contractors Get Their Finances All Wrong

4 Ways Contractors Get Their Finances All Wrong

As a contractor, it’s up to you to take responsibility for your lifestyle costs and structure your financial arrangements to cover them. However many contractors overlook simple steps that can be taken to enjoy greater working flexibility, more free time and the potential to increase the money made as an independent contractor when compared to

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Spring Statement 2018

Spring Statement 2018

Spring Statement to have little effect on contractors   Contractors around the UK will be relieved that the Chancellor’s Spring Statement has not led to them paying yet more of their earnings in tax.   Here at Contracting Scout, the team watched the Chancellor give his statement with the fear that there could be more

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finding work through a contractor agency

Working Direct vs Working with a Contractor Agency

Working with an Agency vs Contracting directly – which one to choose?   If you’re considering becoming a contractor, there are a wide range of factors to think about – from marketing yourself as a contractor  to whether you will work directly with your end client or through a contractor agency. Once you’ve done your

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IR35 Rules for private and public sector contractors

IR35 Rules for private and public sector contractors

In our previous article on IR35 we covered key topics such as what is IR35, how to know if IR35 applies to your contract, the different options for payment if you find yourself working under IR35 legislation and penalties that are imposed if you are caught out by IR35.   As a recap, IR35 affects

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IR35 Rules – How do they impact you?

When you’re working as a contractor, it’s important to ensure that you are fully compliant with all regulations and legislation affecting your preferred method of working, particularly if the consequences impact your tax bill.   Also known as intermediaries legislation, IR35 is a set of rules implemented by HMRC that were intended to clearly define

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Upcoming Autumn Budget

Industry Leaders Urge Government To Support Contractors Ahead Of Upcoming Autumn Budget

The upcoming Autumn Budget will be announced on Wednesday 22 November 2017 and word is starting to spread that the chancellor is looking to announce some “bold” ideas, suggesting that extending the public sector’s off-payroll rules to the private sector can’t be entirely ruled out. From their review of the IR35 Forum minutes, from July

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HMRC Is Upping Its VAT Inspections, Warns Abbey Tax Advisory

HMRC Is Upping Its VAT Inspections, Warns Abbey Tax Advisory

When it comes to VAT, most contractors are just trying to do the right thing. To pay the right amount, no matter how often the rules change or how much the rates rise. Well, keep doing what you’re doing. Because the HMRC has recently become “very active” in enforcing its VAT rules, says advisory firm

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ir35 survey results

Contractors Walk Away From IR35

Earlier this month, Contractor Calculator published their findings from a survey of over 1,500 contractors looking into the impact of recent legislation changes. The results show that the HMRC’s reforms to IR35 in April have, not surprisingly, come at a huge cost to the already struggling public sector.   Since the reform went live, 27%

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