- About Us
- Help & Advice
Being the best at anything in life usually comes from knowing your stuff, which is why we at Crystal pride ourselves on giving accurate information and advice to every person we speak to. Whether you’re a prospective contractor, an agency or someone simply looking for a reliable source of information, you can count on Crystal Umbrella.
If you’re new to contracting you will almost certainly have noticed the mountain of inaccurate information and advice spewing out of the Internet. You will see promises of, “take home pay can be increased to 85%”, “expenses can be claimed without receipts” or even “take your income offshore and pay no tax”. However, you'll also find claims that pigs can fly and that Elvis is living in a semi-detached in Wigan. Unfortunately, none of these statements are true.
The bottom line is this; if you live and work in the UK you have to pay tax and social contributions in accordance with UK law, end of story. However, there are several tax breaks open to contract workers due to the increased risk they take, because work is not guaranteed or will not always be available to them, which is where Crystal Umbrella will ride to your rescue; offering good, solid, reliable information.
Our sole purpose in life is to give advice on your options, let you decide whether or not we are the right company for you and ensure you get the most from your income, should you choose to work with us.
If you have any specific queries relating to industry legislation, have a browse through the main topics of interest on the left, or read our useful guides to contracting and tax basics in the Downloads section. If there’s a word or piece of jargon you simply don’t understand, check out our Jargon buster.
If you have a question for the contracting community, why not try our Q&A forum. You never know, a contractor in exactly the same situation as you could already have the answer you’re looking for.
If you still have questions you can’t find the answers to, don’t despair, we want you to speak to us; after all, there is nothing we don’t know about the contracting industry.