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Almost every modern business incurs costs for communication, and your contracting business is likely no exception. It’s often difficult to work at all without a phone and an internet connection. So, when you’re claiming expenses, which of these can you claim for?

As with all business expenses, the guiding principle is that all expenses must be incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the course of your business. If your business costs can’t be separated from personal costs then you can’t claim them.

What are benchmark scale rates?

The benchmark scale rates provide a simplified method of claiming expenses for a business trip, without the need to record every single expenditure or keep all your receipts.

These rates deal with what your limited company can pay you in tax free expenses and are not necessarily connected to what you bill the client.

Holiday pay for supply teachers

Are supply teachers entitled to holiday pay? While pupils and permanent staff look forward to the school holidays, for supply teachers they often come with added financial pressure. The one real downside to supply work is that you only get paid when you’re actually working, which can make for difficulties when schools are closed.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to pay family members through your limited company. Maybe you want to help your child develop their skills or beef up their CV, or perhaps your spouse wants to get more involved with your business? Employing family members can turn your company into a true family business, and it comes with some built in advantages too.

Statutory Maternity Pay

Supply teachers often ask us about Statutory Maternity Pay, and a surprising number assume that they won’t qualify because they work in supply. In many cases, the teacher calls us (their employer) to request an SMP1 form so they can claim Maternity Allowance, having discounted the possibility that we might pay SMP. Luckily for them, they’re employed by Orange Genie Education, and our expert team can make sure they get the right advice.