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Pearls Accountants are unique as you get a personal one to one service and they always answer your queries in a fast and professional manner.

Then i first opened up as a limited company i was clueless, but Pearls Accountant kindly assisted me the best way so i felt at ease and understood how the operation works.

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Accountants for Contractors

Pearl’s many years of accounting experience means that we can provide a great specialist accounting service for contractors.
A specialist accounting service built for the modern contractor where management of your accounts and full compliance with free IR35 basic review and company setup is provided by our experts.
With Pearl, you’ll get a dedicated accountant who’ll know how to:

  • Maximize your take-home pay
  • File your accounts and tax returns to HMRC
  • Offer you advice on Contractor Business models
  • A choice of accounting software to make bookkeeping easier
  • Monthly Managed Accounts
  • IR35 Compliance
  • Statutory Year End Accounts
  • Self-Assessment Tax Returns

We’ll get to know you and your business so we can give a service built around your specific needs.

IR35 rules and regulations are provided by Pearl’s accounting experts.

  • Maximize your take-home pay
  • File your accounts and tax returns to HMRC
  • Offer you advice on Contractor Business models
  • A choice of accounting software to make bookkeeping easier
  • Monthly Managed Accounts
  • IR35 Compliance
  • Statutory Year End Accounts
  • Self-Assessment Tax Returns

We’ll get to know you and your business so we can give a service built around your specific needs.

Moving from permanent employee to contractor

Working as a contractor has advantages over working as an employee including greater job satisfaction and more take-home pay. Note that a contractor has ‘contracts’ for jobs that are to be undertaken and contractors are bound to complete all work promised to the client under this contract. However, the contracting rules can make it incredibly complicated and specialist advice should be sought.

Contractor Business Model

The key decision when starting out as a contractor is to decide what type of business model you will follow. This is an important choice as it will affect how much tax you will eventually pay. Our expert contractor accountants can advise you on the best options.

Limited Company

A limited company gives contractors “limited” liability which means that they are not personally liable for any financial difficulties faced by the company. The company is a separate legal entity i.e. if your company goes bankrupt your personal assets will not be affected. A limited company can claim business expenses which can include equipment, mileage allowance, business trips, stationary etc. Business expenses are deducted from the company’s profit meaning that you will end up paying less tax at the end of each tax year. Note that a Limited company also pays Corporation Tax.


When two or more people work together as a single company – similar to a sole trader structure.

Sole Trader

The easiest and most straight forward option for contractors as there is no separation between you and the business and all profits are yours. Note that clients are less likely to work with contractors who are sole traders though.

Umbrella Company

An umbrella company deals with things like sending invoices and chasing payments making you, the contractor, an employee of this company. It is a simple solution for contractors but you will pay higher taxes due to the fact that you are an employee and not a contractor.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Contracting

Advantages of Contracting?

  • Higher Pay and more take-home money
  • Lower taxes through expert advice from our specialist contractor accountants
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Longer and more secure contracting projects
  • Greater freedom as to when and where to work
  • Being your own boss

Disadvantages of Contracting?

  • Manage your own business and assume all director responsibilities
  • Finding contract work reducing job security
  • Travelling a lot more to new contracting clients
  • Staying in contract as much as possible to ensure financial security
  • Work to deadlines which can be stressful
  • No employee holiday benefits
  • IR35 compliance to ensure that all rules and regulations followed


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Paper Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadline

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Resolving Disputes for Contractors – Top Tips

Resolving a dispute as a contractor can have implications in terms of money and time as well as reputation which could cost you future contracts. It is thus vital for disputes to be settled as quickly as possible. Here are some tips to ensure that disputes are dealt...

Contractor Pensions – Quick Guide

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Mortgages for Contractors

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