The old phrase ‘tax doesn’t have to be taxing’ is true, as long as you appoint a good accountant. As a contractor it is recommended you appoint a specialist contractor accountant, as they will have a more in-depth knowledge of contractor specific tax legislation.
In this section James will introduce you to the tax legislation that is likely to affect you and give you a basic understanding of what you need to be aware of. Don’t worry this is what you appoint Dolan Accountancy for!
If you would like to appoint Dolan Accountancy as your accountants, please visit our become a client page or if you have any questions about contracting please call us on 01442 795100 or email Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Guide to Expenses
Business expenses are costs incurred “wholly, necessarily and exclusively” in the course of running your business. Claiming these costs means that no tax will be paid on the amount spent.Read MORE
Should I set up a Limited Company?
Being a sole trader is the most common way to operate a fledgling business. However, as a freelance business grows, it’s likely you’ll be better-served setting up a Limited company. This quick guide gives a run-down of the benefits of doing so.Read MORE
Advantages and Disadvantages of Going Limited
There are many reasons contractors choose to operate through a Limited company – however, it’s not for everyone. Before you take the plunge, you’ll want to be sure you’re making the right decision for your own personal circumstances. This guide will help you decide if a Limited company is the best option for you.Read MORE
How to Pay Less Tax as a Contractor
Everybody is required to pay their taxes – there is no foolproof way to avoid your fair share, without the taxman eventually catching up with you and we certainly wouldn’t recommend it. However, there are many subtleties to the UK taxation system and we are of the opinion that nobody should pay more tax than they are required to.Read MORE
It’s said that there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes. And when it comes to tax, it can often seem like a minefield of complex rules, thresholds and deductions from your hard-earned cash.Read MORE
Moving from Permanent to Contracting
Leaving the security and comfort of a permanent job for contract work isn’t the easiest decision to make – change can be scary, and there are few bigger changes! Once you’ve made the leap, though, many contractors find it unthinkable to give up the variety of work, higher pay, ability to choose your own clients and flexible working patterns.Read MORE
Offshore Tax Avoidance Schemes
Hearing you could take home 90-95% of your contract rate, can seem really appealing. Though in reality these are just tax avoidance schemes.
Did you know, if you are caught using one of these schemes, you will have to pay back all of the unpaid tax, as well as a very hefty fine!
Fortunately, you’re able to take advantage of tax breaks when saving for your pension as a contractor, so not only are you providing for yourself when you retire, you’re also keeping more of your hard-earned pay out of the hands of the taxman. This guide will give you all the information you need to start saving for your retirement.Read MORE