Contractor vs full-time employment 2019-20
You may be contemplating your first move into contracting or tempted to take up an offer of full-time employment. If that's the case you'll want to consider the benefits of being a contractor vs full-time employment in the current tax year.
If we take a look at this example below, you'll perhaps get a better idea of the benefits of being a contractor vs full-time employment.
Bruce has a contracting role at a rate of £550+VAT per day for 240 days in a year and operates as a limited company. The annual costs for the business are Approximately £13,500. Both he and his wife Natasha are directors and equal shareholders. They also have 3 children and claim child benefit.
He has also been offered full time employment with Stark Group Ltd a a salary of £100,000 per annum.
So what would be the tax impact of taking up full-time employment?
Tax calculation as an employee
Less: Income tax
Less: Employees NI
Less: Child benefit
Take home pay
Tax calculation contracting through a limited company
Company's tax position
Turnover (£550 x 240)
Less: Director's remuneration
Company's taxable profits
Less: Corporation tax (19%)
Profits available to distribute
Bruce and Natasha's position is as follows:
Dividends (50% of distributable profits)
Less: Personal allowance
Dividends taxed at 0%
Dividends taxed at 7.5%
Total net cash payable (£46,997 x 2)
As you can see in this example the net cash available as an employee is £62,999. Whereas as a contractor the net amounts received (after corporation and income tax is £93,994). Additionally Bruce and Natasha will be entitled to claim child benefit of £2,501 as they aren't caught by the child benefit tax charge.
The additional earnings of £32,000 as a contractor equates to extra take home pay of £33,496. So the extra earnings of £32,000 are effectively received tax-free.
We would also make the following comments:
The above list is by no means exhaustive and there are many factors to consider when making a decision to start contracting. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further guidance
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