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Days may be numbered for offshore umbrella companies

5 December 2012

Mark Groom, Deloitte partner says: “The government announced it will undertake an internal review of “offshore intermediaries” being used to avoid tax and NICs and will provide an update at Budget 2013. UK businesses hiring temps through UK agencies can be unwittingly at risk, if they do not look beyond the agency to check whether the real source of the workers lies offshore.

“Subject to complex regulations, offshore employers are not subject to employers’ national insurance contributions, even where their employees ordinarily work in the UK.  The respective PAYE and NIC legislation can result in unexpected liabilities for any of these parties in certain circumstances, including the end users in the UK hiring the temps.

“We welcome the government’s review, as greater certainty and protection is required for unsuspecting UK businesses.”


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