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If you operate your own limited liability company or work through an umbrella company then any remuneration due for work you have completed will be paid without any deductions to either your limited company or your umbrella company. It will then be your responsibility or your umbrella company’s responsibility to calculate appropriate amounts of tax and report these to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and make appropriate payments.

If you do not have a limited liability company or do not operate through an umbrella company, there are two types of deductions in the UK that apply to you – PAYE (pay as you earn) and NI (National Insurance). The UK tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April the following year.

Please note that if you are engaged to work in the UK through a Tier 2 visa organised by our business then you will have to operate as a PAYE candidate and have tax deductions made at source from your earnings.

There are taxation thresholds in the UK:

Every employee has tax deducted at source from their earnings by their employer, which is paid over to HMRC on behalf of that employee.

The thresholds and tax rates change every year and the latest thresholds and tax rates can be found at the HMRC website: Income tax rates and allowances.

To complete your tax return you must keep:

  • Copies of all your P45’s – these are the tax certificates you get when you leave an employer. You may have more than one in a year.
  • P60 – this is the end of year tax certificate issued by your employer.
  • All of your payslips.

Further useful information can be found at the HMRC website: Coming to work in the UK.

National insurance

National insurance provides for unemployment and social security benefits, state pensions and the National Health Service (NHS). You are required by law to obtain a National Insurance number. You can obtain this by contacting Job Centre Plus on 0845 600 0643

Further useful information on obtaining a National Insurance number can be found at the following website: National Insurance – the basics.

In addition to PAYE, National Insurance is automatically deducted from your gross wages. National insurance deductions are based on thresholds, which change every year. The latest thresholds and rates can be found on the HMRC website: National Insurance contributions.

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