Furlough Scheme Extended

On 5 November 2020, the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will now run until 31 March 2021. He has also stated that further guidance will be given on the 10th November 2020. Payments Pro will support its workers by continuing to support the Job Retention Scheme until the time that HMRC brings […]

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The Fallout From Contractor Loan Schemes

Like nuclear fallout, the contractor loan schemes that were offered in the past still continue to have an affect on those that used them. We have posted about these loan schemes in the past warning contractors about the use of these as well as the grey area caused by name changes and workarounds used to […]

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Off-Payroll Reforms: UPDATE

As stated yesterday there has been some confusion, and to a certain extent, worry regarding the proposed changes to IR35 that will be implemented next April. The section and change in question raised the possibility of an agency being defined as the intermediary and therefore being responsible for any contributions that a contractor would be […]

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Off-Payroll Reforms & Umbrella Payroll

Recently it has come to light that part of the IR35 reform that is due to come into play next April will cause problems for both umbrella payroll services and agencies. The legislation as it currently stands has caused some confusion regarding the definition of ‘intermediaries’ and the resulting impact on who is and isn’t […]

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Building A Better Umbrella

Despite many agencies now instructing contractors to only use FCSA accredited umbrellas, the marketplace is still full of dubious payment providers. Unfortunately when a contractor is offered a unrealistically high take-home pay, they are willing to push and push the agency until they can use the umbrella.  This causes problems for everyone especially the contractor.  […]

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Amendment 20 & IR35

The IR35 reform that was postponed  until April 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation is still on track despite continued lobbying from those that oppose it. Since the announcement that IR35 was going to be rolled out to the private sector, many have been against it citing that the industry wasn’t ready and needed […]

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The Future of Furloughing

As the smallest entity across industry supply chains, contractors have been among the hardest hit by the Covid 19 lockdown.  For many contractors, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been an essential and valuable necessity when many of their staple contracts and placements have had to be postponed or cancelled. When a contractor is […]

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Breaking The Tax Code

Breaking the tax code can be one of the most difficult elements when contracting.  It can go up, it can go down and more often than not it will leave you confused. As a contractor completing various shifts at various rates you may find that your tax code can change. From one week to the […]

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NIERS – Your Questions Answered

Working in the contractor/agency sector, you find that the same questions always rear their heads. One of the most repeated questions is what is this  NIERS deduction on my payslip?  If they have not been paid via an Umbrella Payroll company or had their own Limited Company before, then this additional deduction can cause some […]

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