30 Second Guide to going Limited

If you’re a contractor working through your own Limited company your take home will be anywhere between 75% - 80% of your contract value, for example:

  • Daily rate £200 take home between £150 - £160
  • Daily rate £300 take home between £225 - £240
  • Daily rate £400 take home between £300 - £320
  • Daily rate £600 take home between £450 - £480

Also, compared to working through an umbrella company, you’ll save literally thousands due to there being no National Insurance contributions on dividends (this obviously does assumes your contract is outside IR35). To give you an idea; with a typical £350 per day contract you’ll save £12,000, £200 per day and you'll save £9,000 and on £600 a day save £20,000.

When you take into account the huge financial benefits, it’s no surprise that so many contractors are choosing to go limited.

Find below our 30 second guide.

1. Is your contract outside IR35 i.e. compliant or inside IR35?

Call us on 01442 275789 or email newbusiness@sjdaccountancy.com who will help you to understand if you are outside or inside. Even if your contract is inside IR35 it may still be worth going limited, click here to read our simple plain English guide.

2. Form a Limited Company

This will take approximately five minutes and your company will usually be formed in under than four hours.

The cost is £125 plus VAT which is one of the lowest in the market; there are cheaper options but you very rarely get everything you need and often have to purchase extras later on (in the last year SJD has formed over 5,000 limited companies, so as you can see we are a popular choice).

Included in our fee is:

  • Online name company checking
  • Advice on share structures
  • Registration for VAT and PAYE
  • Help with FREE business banking
  • Freephone advice line to help guide you through the whole process

3. Appoint your accountant

This will just take one minute. Once you have appointed your accoutant, they will help you to understand the most tax efficient way to take money from your company and will be happy to answer any of the questions we are sure you’ll have.

SJD offers a complete package including: completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends, corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

We are the UK’s largest specialist tax accountants to over 15,000 contractors and freelancers.

4. Closing a company

What happens if I change my mind and decide I don’t want a Limited company any more?

All you have to do to be removed from the register of companies at Companies House is complete a form. Plus you’ll more than likely have end of year accounts to submit – your tax expert will help you with all of this.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our New Business Team on 01442 275789 or email newbusiness@sjdaccountancy.com

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SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant face to face.
  • Our Customer Promise. Respond to any question sent to your accountant or any dedicated department within 24 hours.  If we need more time, we will update you as soon as we can and we promise to keep you informed of the progress we are making in answering your question.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email: newbusiness@sjdaccountancy.com. Our new business team is open Monday to Thursday (8am to 8pm), Friday (8am to 7pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

Form your own limited company with SJD - our same day online company formation service includes company bank account set up, VAT/PAYE registration and advice on optimum share structure. 

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.