At Tax Affinity Accountants, we often get asked what are the differences and benefits of working through a limited company compared to an umbrella company. So we have decided to explain this in a quick easy way.
An umbrella company is like an agency with whom you are employed and therefore they are your employer and not the place where you work. They will issue you with payslips and P60, P11d and a P45 at the end of your employment. They should also pay you for any sick or maternity pay as may be required. Umbrella companies will charge you for using their services and will deduct their fees from your pay. They will also ask to be refunded their employer NIC contributions paid to HMRC on your behalf again deducting this from your pay. The income tax tends to be higher than being straight forward employed on PAYE. You do not need to worry about paperwork and record keeping as the umbrella company does all this like an employer would.
A limited company is a separate legal entity to you. That you may well own as a shareholder and run as a director. A limited company can be your employer and pay you wages via PAYE like a normal employer but be contracting out your services to the place you work. And if you are the shareholder it can pay you dividends (share of the profits) periodically or on a regular basis. A limited company pays corporation tax not income tax and the tax rate is much lower than normal PAYE or via an umbrella company. There is a certain amount of paperwork and record keeping which is required and normally you will require the services of a good accountant. It is also very difficult to try to pay yourself sick or maternity pay, which is why most people do not claim these. But the plus side is as your keeping more income then this should more than make up for any loss of benefit or time spent keeping records.
Tax wise it is usually much better option to be working though a limited company compared to an umbrella company as a good accountant, like Tax Affinity Accountants, should help you save much more in tax than fees they ever charge. Helping to ensure more of your hard earned income stays in your hands.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
Tax Affinity Accountants are experts in Tax and Accountancy. Based in Worcester Park and Kingston upon Thames they are considered in the Industry to be expert accountants and tax advisors for small businesses. Helping and supporting contractors and self employed people throughout the UK, they regularly help clients grow their business providing tailored advice.
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