I have an accountant that sorts out my tax return for me and they send me a checklist that I need to fill in and documents that I need to provide.
It has taken me a while to get all the documents required with all my ex-employer sell-offs and re-sales, its not made things simple. It’s annoying when you have to chase up information from companies you have stopped working for. You cannot just go and find the department and camp out until you get the info in your hands.
I have never met my accountant face-to-face before but when I dropped off the documents, I had a chance to meet her. It was nearing the end of the office day and she was happy to chat. I told her I wasn’t working at the moment “a lady of leisure”, enjoying the summer debating what to do next.
We discussed the way the workplace is moving and how employers are now looking to move to flexible employment and how more people will be employed under fixed-term rather than permanent contracts so that employers can decide whether to renew or let you go when the contract reaches its term (without the need for redundancy or pay offs).
I said that I may be back soon to discuss setting up a company, she said that many people are moving to that working model especially in the engineering and IT sector. She could quote examples of local company ex-employees that are now working as one-person limited companies as it was the only way they could get employment. So much for the Government’s drive for decent wages….see the info on the City Link debate – “Were they employees or self-employed?” never mind the zero-hours contract discussions.