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Contractor Advice UK

One of the best sites for free advice for UK contractors, freelancers and small business

This is an information-packed resource for contractors, freelancers, and interim professionals in all sorts of industries.

This includes IT, engineering, management consultancy, oil and gas, law, finance, and other industry sectors.

Expenses Guides

  • Can I claim for entertaining

Can I claim for entertaining?

Introduction As a business owner, can I claim for entertaining costs as a business expense? For instance, when you are out and about entertaining clients that are related to your work? Well, there may be times when you are running your own company that you would like to drum up some new business with former, current, or potential new clients. Indeed, this can, in itself, be an excellent way to generate new work for your business. On these occasions, you may not know what you can claim from your company. My article will go over this and explain how the rules work and what you might like to think about here. General business meals for you whilst you go about your work have different rules. ...

Tax Saving Guides

  • UK Marriage allowance transfer

The UK Marriage Allowance Transfer

Introduction Have you ever wondered if you can claim for the UK Marriage Allowance Transfer? On the other hand, have you never been aware that this exists or you did not know how this works? The transfer is worth up to £250 to you per year. Although this is not a lot, it may be worth doing in the case of some couples. Two separate articles which explain how your personal tax position can be affected in the UK are the UK child benefit tax charge and the student loan repayments. You might also make a saving via your self-assessment tax return ...


  • contractor Income protection

Income protection insurance for contractors

What is Income Protection insurance for contractors?      Income Protection is a key policy to think about as a contractor who is running his or her own company. It makes sure that you do not have to dip into your savings if you are not able to work. What’s more, when you work for yourself, you do not have a safety net. By this, I mean in terms of sick pay or financial support from an employer.  Income Protection is, in effect, sick pay for Contractors. It enables you to meet your mortgage payments, bills, and lifestyle needs. There may ...

Other Guides

  • Loan to a director

A loan to a director or shareholder

Introduction  From a technical standpoint, it is not allowed under the Companies Act for companies to make a loan to a director or shareholder. However, for directors who run their own company, it goes on all the time. Therefore, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has two sets of potential tax effects that connect with such loans. Director loans can be quite a complex area and if you would like an accountant that is knowledgeable in subjects such as this have a read of how to change your accountant.     Loan to an employee / loan to a director    The first ...

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UK business owners come to the site to educate themselves on a wide number of areas. As well as general accounting advice there are also many tips on how to become tax-efficient and save money when running your own UK business.