In September the Government announced an increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from April 2022 amongst changes to the Health & Social Care Levy and tax rates on dividends. We take a look at the impacts the NIC increase will have, in addition to the other changes.
This week the Government successfully passed its taxation proposals through Parliament for increased funding of the NHS to help it tackle the enormous waiting lists. Also outlined was the Government’s long-awaited solution for the reform of England’s social care system. We take a look at what this means for limited company contractors.
For many, being a limited company contractor allows you greater flexibility with your working life. However it also means that you have to be more astute when it comes to taking time off. That’s why we’ve created this useful article on things to consider when you’re planning to take time off.
As a contractor, being able to negotiate your contracts effectively is an essential skill. The aim of the game is simple, you are trying to get the highest possible contract rate. However, with that being said it’s not quite as easy as it sounds! So, here are our top 5 tips in the art of contract negotiation...
Working as an umbrella or limited company contractor can sometimes mean that you have gaps in between contracts so it's important to be proactive before your current assignment has ended to try and limit the amount of time you have free in between assignments. That is why we at PayStream have outlined some top tips on how to avoid those unwanted gaps in between contracts.
Amendments to the Finance Bill to consider regulating the umbrella sector were discussed in Parliament. While not taken forward at this time, it is fair to say that all those who currently comply with existing legislation would support sensible legislation together with a regulatory body to stop the unscrupulous behaviour of the minority within the umbrella market.
On 29th April HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) updated its guidance on working through umbrella companies to give more clarity about how the supply chain works and what a contractor should expect from an umbrella company. Find out what they said...
Put simply your tax code is used to determine how much tax free income (Personal Allowance) you will earn per tax year and the income tax you will pay once you have exceeded that threshold. In this article we take a look at what each tax code means and how to check your tax code.