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Having just celebrated New Year contractor are reminded that another New Year is just around the corner. April 6 2015 welcomes in the 2015/2016 tax year; so with three months remaining, what planning measures can you put in place to make sure you have taken advantage of all the tax breaks available to you?
Umbrella companies have hit back following a Channel 4 programme which featured an investigation into the practises of one umbrella company as part of a programme digging into schemes which result in low pay.
Trade union body, the TUC, has identified umbrella employment schemes as one of 10 groups of workers who are particularly at risk of underpayment, leading to concerns in the sector that all umbrella companies will be tarred with the same brush.
A freelancer representative body has responded to reports that local councils have spent £5 billion on agency and consultancy workers, saying the reports are “overlooking the vital service that contractors provide for public bodies”.