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Working from home has become more normal in recent months and if you’re able you’ve probably moved at least some of your self-employed contracting work into your home office. Depending on the work you do, you may be able to claim expenses for costs associated with working from home, but the rules can be complex and it’s important to get it right.

If you’re a landlord and you’re thinking about expanding your property portfolio, there are several good reasons to act now rather than waiting.

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From April 2021, most contractors who trade through their own limited company will lose the right to determine their own IR35 status. This responsibility will pass instead to their end client, who may or may not understand what’s being asked of them, and may or may not be willing to invest the necessary time and resources in doing it correctly. While industry experts continue in their efforts to educate and prepare as many end clients as possible, what can you do to protect yourself if you know for certain you’re outside IR35?

Limited Company

A study by economists at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Zurich suggests that 63% of furloughed people have spent some time working for the employer that furloughed them. Even where they were not formally asked to work, this leaves those employers ineligible to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The implication is that thousands of employers have claimed CJRS grants to which they were not entitled, and HMRC will be actively pursuing such cases in the near future.

Umbrella Company

In these difficult and uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and as a responsible umbrella company we’re determined to help our employees to do that in any way we can. Through Orange Genie Edge, we provide a large range of benefits and services to our umbrella company employees. This article focuses on those services that will help you to take care of yourself and your family.