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Company car for contractors

Getting a company car through your limited company - is it a good idea? Most contractors have to travel to work, often to a wide range of temporary workplaces, so it’s no surprise that we get so many questions about the best way to deal with business motoring costs. Well, fasten your seatbelt, set your mobile to silent and keep your eyes on the road ahead, because here comes our simple, plain language guide.

Tax Calculator

“This online tax calculator says you’ve underpaid me.” Paul was outraged, and why not?  He’d been paid less than he expected and, perhaps more importantly, he believed his trust in Orange Genie had been misplaced.

Fortunately, our Contractor Support Team were familiar with the issue, and were able to explain it to him. His confidence in us was swiftly restored, but it was unpleasant for him, to have his expectations dashed in this way.

It might seem like an odd question to ask your accountant, but it’s becoming more and more common for contractors to enquire about the financial and tax consequences of building a home office in their garden.

Contractors who work from home often find it helpful to dedicate space to their work, as this can make it easier to avoid distractions, and to switch off and wind down once the working day is done. 

Supply Teacher Wages in the UK

What do supply teachers earn in the UK?

There could be a number of reasons why you’re asking this question. Maybe you’re an overseas-trained teacher, looking to fund a visit by working as a supply teacher, or you could be retired and hoping to supplement your pension with a few days of supply. Maybe you’re an NQT looking for experience while you search for your first permanent post. Whatever your reasons for asking, the most accurate answer is also the most frustrating one; “it depends”.

IR35 reform

Julia Kermode, CEO of FCSA, the trade association for umbrella companies and contractor accountants, has warned of damaging effects if reform of IR35 is extended to the private sector.