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When did you Last Speak to your Contractor Accountant?

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It doesn’t matter how many technological advancements occur in the world of accounting, whether it is automated bank reconciliation, virtual document hubs, mobile expense tracking or online accounting portals, nothing can overtake the importance of being able to speak to another human being face-to-face or on the phone. The modern trend for contractor accountants is that they provide the latest in cutting edge technology,…

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5 Tips for Staying Productive Between Contracts

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All contractors will at one time find themselves on the bench. This is the period between contracts when your latest assignment has finished, and your new contract has either yet to commence or yet to materialise. Being on the bench can be a desired move for many Ltd Company professionals, those who wish to take some time out, go travelling, or spend more time with the family etc. but for…

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Think You’re Inside IR35?

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Are You Inside IR35?

Many contractors are aware of the IR35 legislation and some put measures in place to ensure that they are protected should the Revenue ever launch an investigation into their company accounts. There are a lot of contractors however who operate outside of IR35 who may not be sure of their status. If you think that you might be inside IR35 then read on.

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How Important is Building a Brand for LTD Company Contractors?

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Building a Brand

There are many important factors that business owners consider when setting up which take much planning and investment, and important examples of these are brand awareness, marketing and brand recognition. For contractors, however, things are usually a little different, and building a brand is not at the forefront of a contractor’s mind when setting up a company and even landing a contract. Regardless of this,…

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Why Get a Contractor Accountant?

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Getting a Contractor Accountant

Being a one-man band Ltd Company Director/Shareholder can seem a daunting undertaking for those taking their first steps into contracting. We speak with many first-time contractors every day and are often asked ‘Why do I need a contractor accountant?’ Appointing a skilled accountant is a very important part of a successful contracting career, and here are five reasons why getting a contractor accountant can…

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New Year, New Accountant

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With the hangover of New Year’s Eve now a faint and distant memory, you will have undoubtedly witnessed the barrage of social media posts pledging to get rich quick or lose weight fast. Promises all tagged with that tired old caption, ‘new year, new me’. Now don’t get me wrong, if any of the people releasing these posts were actually to make a million pounds…

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Can I claim Expenses for the use of my Home Office?

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If you are a professional operating via a Limited Company, then you may be aware that several business expenses are tax deductible if incurred wholly and purposefully as a result of your contracting role. Common business expenses range from work equipment (laptops, stationary etc.) to travel (public transport, mileage etc.) but there are many expenses that a contractor can legitimately claim back that are less known.

Home Office…

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5 Tips for Contractors Working in the Cold Weather

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With winter fully underway, we thought we would share some tips that we’ve picked up as contractor accountants for working in the colder months. Whether you work on an oil rig looking out over the North Sea or in an office block looking out over North London, there is no denying that the change in weather can create disruptions and hazards for any contractor. Just because you might…

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What Happens if a Contractor is Called for Jury Duty?

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Being a Ltd company contractor means that we take on the responsibilities of a company owner, Shareholder and Director, and lose many of the benefits previously enjoyed as employees. Certain eventualities are often overlooked when taking the leap into contracting, one of which being jury duty and the effect this may have whilst working on a contract. As a contractor accountant, many of our clients have been…

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Are Office Christmas Parties IR35 Friendly?

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As a specialist IR35 accountant, we receive many queries related to office Christmas parties. With talks of Secret Santa, corporate festivities, and the office Christmas party getting more and more frequent in the workplace, it gets very hard for contractors to distance themselves from a client’s internal activities. Despite Christmas being the season to be merry, anyone contracting via a Ltd Company must understand the potential IR35 …

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