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Do I Need to Submit a Self-Assessment Tax Return if I Use an Umbrella Company?

18 April 2023
What is Self-Assessment? Self-assessment is a system HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses to collect Income Tax. Tax is usually...
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Unlocking the Benefits: Why Contractors Should Choose an Umbrella Company

In the dynamic world of contracting in the UK, making the right choices can significantly impact your career. One pivotal decision...
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20 July 2023
Explained: Holiday pay when you work through an umbrella company
They say working for an umbrella company is the same as any other employment. Well, yes and no, it is the same in some aspects, but it...
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14 June 2023
The First-Timer’s Guide to Using an Umbrella Company
Understanding the Umbrella Company Concept Contracting through an umbrella company can be a smart move for independent professionals....
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Understanding Tax Codes for Umbrella Employees
02 February 2024
What are tax codes, and why are they important? In this guide, we will go through everything you need to know about those...
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Understanding IR35: A Comprehensive Guide for Contractors
23 January 2024
In this comprehensive guide, we aim to demystify IR35, a set of regulations that holds significance for contractors and those...
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Recruitment Agencies, Is it Time to Review Your PSL?
23 January 2024
Why review your PSL? Companies are criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by a staff member or other...
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How much tax do I pay as an umbrella worker?
03 January 2024
If you are reading this article, there is a good chance you are one of the 2.2 million-strong freelance workforce in the UK. Umbrella...
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Autumn Statement 2023 – Key Announcements and Analysis
22 November 2023
The Autumn Statement for 2023, presented by Jeremy Hunt on November 22nd, brought forth a series of significant announcements that...
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Umbrella Employment Guide – Insurance Explained
05 October 2023
One of the benefits of contracting via an Umbrella company is freedom from admin, and that includes arranging insurance coverage....
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Unlocking the Benefits: Why Contractors Should Choose an Umbrella Company
26 September 2023
In the dynamic world of contracting in the UK, making the right choices can significantly impact your career. One pivotal decision...
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Umbrella or Agency PAYE – What are the differences?
25 September 2023
Umbrella or Agency PAYE As a contractor, you may find that your assignment falls inside IR35. So, what options do you...
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Explained: Holiday pay when you work through an umbrella company
20 July 2023
They say working for an umbrella company is the same as any other employment. Well, yes and no, it is the same in some aspects, but it...
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Umbrella Guide: Pension Contributions Explained
11 July 2023
When you are in employment, especially when you are younger, retirement is a faraway concept we tend not to think about. Many,...
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The First-Timer’s Guide to Using an Umbrella Company
14 June 2023
Understanding the Umbrella Company Concept Contracting through an umbrella company can be a smart move for independent professionals....
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Do I Need to Submit a Self-Assessment Tax Return if I Use an Umbrella Company?
18 April 2023
What is Self-Assessment? Self-assessment is a system HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses to collect Income Tax. Tax is usually...
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Reasons Your Net Pay Might Differ from a Take-home Pay Illustration
31 March 2023
It is important to remember that net pay illustrations are often based on assumed information. We do our best to be as accurate as...
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Spring Budget 2023 – A Detailed Look
22 March 2023
Source: MyAccountant.co.uk  On 15 March, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered a ‘Budget for Growth’ after the Office for Budget...
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Top Ten Umbrella Company Misconceptions Explained
28 February 2023
If you are considering the option of becoming a contractor, one of the possible routes is working via an umbrella company. How and why...
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The SmartWork Service
30 November 2021
Introduction When joining SmartWork, we become your employer, with the overall aim of keeping life as simple as possible for you and...
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What is SDC (supervision, direction, control)?
09 November 2021
As of 6th April 2016, HMRC introduced new legislation that affects tax relief on expenses for umbrella employees.  The primary...
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What is FCSA and why our accreditation is important
20 July 2021
As a freelance contractor, you have, at some point, looked at choosing the right umbrella company to work with. But with so many...
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The Mini Umbrella Company Scam – Choosing a Compliant Business for your Supply Chain
11 May 2021
In the past few years, particularly since 2017, thanks to changes in the legislative environment, and of course, the pandemic, we've...
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Contractor’s Guide: Things to Consider When Choosing an Umbrella Company
02 March 2021
In our previous guide, we talked about in what case you’d opt for going with an umbrella company so if you haven’t read it yet,...
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What is an Umbrella Company?
20 January 2021
What is an umbrella company? The primary function of an umbrella company is to organise payments for fix-term work undertaken by...
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Contractor’s Guide to Umbrella Company Costs and Fees
02 December 2020
If you are new to freelancing and just researching umbrella companies, you may wonder why a margin is deducted from your pay. After...
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How do umbrella company salary illustrations work? Top tips for when shopping around.
27 October 2020
Umbrella companies are a popular choice for freelancers that want to have the ability to work on multiple assignments while enjoying...
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‘Key Information Document’ For Agency Workers
24 April 2020
Introduction A new "Key Information Document" (KID) has been introduced from the 6th of April 2020, bringing extra work and...
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The Benefits of Working with SmartWork
31 March 2020
When joining SmartWork, we become your employer with the overall aim of keeping life as simple as possible for you and ensuring you...
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Meet our new affiliate partner Contractor Friendly Mortgages
25 February 2020
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Contractor Friendly Mortgages to add to the list of benefits for SmartWork's...
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The Grass isn’t Always Greener – Offshore Schemes and What to Avoid
13 February 2020
Our employees or prospective clients often come to us, wondering why our figures don't match the improbable 95% retention rates...
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Non-compliant umbrella schemes and how to spot them
12 November 2019
Since the off-payroll legislation reform hit i, we’ve seen the popularity of the umbrella company increasing. With that came a...
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Meet our Sales Manager – Neil Kane
04 July 2019
Neil has over 14 years of experience within the industry and is always on hand to help support agencies and contractors...
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Umbrellas and the Nursing Agency VAT Concession: The Essentials
18 September 2018
Since the IR35 reforms and the subsequent increase in the use of umbrella companies by NHS workers, there has also been a rise in...
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Disguised Remuneration – the April 2019 loan charge
22 February 2018
Following our previous look at loan schemes and how these impact your choice of umbrella provider, the latest in this series looks at...
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SmartWork & iContract announce partnership
03 October 2017
SmartWork is thrilled to be partnering with iContract, the new online platform connecting contractors and recruiters that has...
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The Criminal Finance Act – time to review your PSL?
29 September 2017
From the 30th of September 2017, Companies will become criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by a member of their...
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