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Umbrella company

An umbrella company is a businesses that can act as an employer to contractors, freelancers, and self-employed workers who work on temporary jobs.

You usually work through an umbrella company if you’re a freelancer but don’t want the hassle of dealing with your taxes. Umbrella companies pay you through payslips (you’re technically their “employee”), and deduct taxes on your behalf through PAYE (“pay as you earn”).

If you’re a construction worker working under the CIS scheme but you also worked through umbrella companies on other jobs, you would need your P60 for each company when completing your Self Assessment.

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