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Accountancy Packages for Contractors

Choose from SJD Essential, SJD Premium and SJD Elite we can provide you with the perfect package to suit your contracting needs We know that your accountancy needs are as…

How SJD Rewards Could Benefit You

As a contractor, you can miss out on some of the benefits which permanent employees enjoy. That’s why we offer SJD Rewards to our clients, so you can have some…

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Refer a Friend Terms and Conditions This Refer a Friend Offer is open to all existing SJD Accountancy clients (“you”) and is subject to the terms and conditions set out…

What makes a good accountant?

What makes a good accountant?

Choosing an accountant can be difficult. We’ve put together a short guide to help.

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CV-Library data shows positive economic outlook for the UK

The latest economic data from job site CV-Library is certainly positive for limited company contractors, despite the ongoing uncertainly around Brexit. Job opportunities and pay rates have increased across the…

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Cameron’s plans for Europe could be best for contractors

Although many contractors were optimistic about their futures during the election, when all the major parties were pledging measures which were designed to benefit independent professionals, some now feel that…

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Fintech contractors' prospects better than permanent counterparts

The world of financial technology has been one which has seen a lot of advances over recent months, with the success of a number of companies in the sector proving…

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International contractors in demand in Africa

The past five years has seen Ghana’s production of oil increase 17-fold and as the country increases their investment in infrastructure they are also in need of more expertise in…

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IT contracting skills are in demand

Whenever there is economic uncertainty, the knock-on effects are felt in a number of different sectors, and the upcoming EU referendum has prompted some questions about what might happen in…

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Report shows uplift in demand for IT contractors

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has published its Report on Jobs which has revealed some details of the level of demand for IT contractors.

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PSC contractors’ travel and subsistence changes come in today

It has been one of the main topics of discussion amongst contractors over recent months, but today is the day that the new travel and subsistence regulations come into force…

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Will contractors avoid the public sector in future?

With many people still trying to work out what impact the 2016 Budget will have on them personally, there are some moves which were aimed at contractors that have already…

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PSCs come under fire from NHS boss

Personal service companies have come under fire a lot recently, with HM Revenue and Customs targeting them for reform and now one of the NHS’s chief executives taking them on.

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Flooded contractors' self assessment deadline extended

At this time of year, anyone who works for themselves will be thinking about their tax return, whether that is because they are enjoying the smug feeling of having completed…

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Inflation is good news for contractors

For some, the news that inflation is on the up has come as a slight disappointment, but there are reasons to be cheerful for those who work for themselves.

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IT growth good news for contractors

The UK has seen more and more IT companies being created in recent months, with the figures for surpassing the impressive growth rates that had already been reported for the…

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Positive news for contractors as IR35 changes are postponed

As one of the most controversial pieces of legislation affecting the flexible workforce, IR35 is never far from the headlines and usually, the stories are of confusion and consternation amongst…

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Limited company contractors reminded of filing deadline

Usually Companies House tells people that paper accounts can take up to seven days to be processed, and they are already warning businesses that this timescale has been exceeded due…

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Contractors’ fairy lights could be responsible for slow wi-fi

OfCom has surprised many people this week by revealing that slow broadband speeds this Christmas could have an unusual culprit: fairy lights.

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Digital tax returns could benefit contractors according to one firm

When the Chancellor announced his intention to press on with plans to digitise the self assessment tax system, many contractors and other independent professionals were concerned that this would introduce…

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Contractors relieved by details of leaked proposal

The Autumn Statement may not usually be the kind of event that attracts eager anticipation, but this year’s has been the subject of significant speculation, rumour-mongering and interest from a…

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IT contractors will be affected by ‘snoopers’ charter’

Anyone who has been following the news will know that the government have recently made some changes to the way law enforcement organisations are able to access personal data held…

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National Infrastructure Commission could be good news for contractors

George Osborne’s Conservative Party conference speech included his announcement of the plans to set up a National Infrastructure Commission.

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Deflation shouldn’t cause concern for contractors

The media was overwhelmed with reports of the slip into deflation this week as there were concerns over the impact this could have on various sectors of society, but the…

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Why are contractors being targeted over dividends?

The recent news that there will be changes to the way dividends can be used in order to make businesses more tax efficient has cause some consternation amongst those who…

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Late payment could be responsible for contractors’ VAT arrears

With ongoing controversy over the issue, the problem of late payment has once again hit the headlines, at least in the world of contractors and other independent professionals, as it…

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Tax summit deems changes to contractors’ expenses ‘unworkable’

The right for contractors to claim travel and subsistence relief has been a hot topic amongst those who could be affected by a change in the rules, with many commentators…

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Niche roles available for IT contractors according to survey

Recruitment agencies for contractors in the IT sector are still struggling to find the right candidates for the roles they are trying to fill for their clients, according to a…

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Whitehouse body set to make contractors’ voices heard

This week sees the founding of a new group which has been formed in order to ensure that the voices and needs of those who work for themselves will be…

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Contractor loan schemes draw HMRC’s attention

Tax avoidance schemes which rely on a contractor being paid in the form of a ‘loan’ are coming under the taxman’s spotlight as they are the target for the department’s…

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Contractors urged to voice their thoughts on expenses

One of the prevailing topics that the contracting community has been focussed on in recent months has been the ongoing discussion of how travel and subsistence expenses will be treated…

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Contractor numbers rallying according to ONS

While there was a period when the numbers of those who had chosen contracting over traditional employment was rising steadily, the news that there had been a slight drop-off in…

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HMRC successful in tax case over temp staff

Nationwide recruitment agency Reed has been dealt a harsh blow by three Court of Appeal judges who have found against them and in favour of HM Revenue and Customs this…

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July tax deadline approaching

Whilst this year’s Budget brought good news that the Chancellor is planning to abolish the tax deadline for most people and make the self assessment system more user friendly, as…

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Home offices could be costing independent professionals

For many people, having a home office is one of the easiest ways to work for themselves, and HM Revenue and Customs recognise the fact that many people dedicate some…

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Financial sector hiring set to increase

A combination of strong domestic growth and optimism about the potential for further expansion have combined to make financial firms feel much more confident about their ability to make new…

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Could US ruling affect contractor status in the UK?

Whilst there has been a lot of discussion about the way a contractor’s status can be ascertained in this country, the possibility that an answer may come from overseas has…

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Tax informants could be enjoying lucrative careers

For most people, their own tax affairs are about as much as they can manage when it comes to keeping track of their expenses and working out how much they…

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Technology contributes to a generation of entrepreneurs

During the run-up to the election, many political parties were keen to court the vote of the small business owners and self employed individuals, pledging to provide them with more…

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FCSA taking action to help prevent job scammers

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association has taken a stand to protect its members today by acting to help prevent job scammers.