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The Third Man

The tax system only recognises two types of employment status, i.e. employee or self-employed, whereas employment law also tips its hat to a hybrid of these two, namely ‘worker’ status. ‘Worker’ entitles the individual to limited ...

Petition Against IR35 Reform Surpasses 13,000 Signatures

As the focus of UK contractors and the wider related business community turns to early 2018 and the planned IR35 consultation, a petition urging the Government to scrap plans for further IR35 reform altogether has surpassed 13,000 signature...

Limited company or umbrella company?

Q. I have just been given a three month contract on a daily rate of £350. As it may develop into a permanent role I am considering whether it is worth setting myself up as a limited company or just using an umbrella company. I will be incu...

Should I get paid for a mandatory notice period?

Q. I am currently in a contract (through an agency) until the end January 2018. The original contract was signed in February of this year for 6 months, and an extension was signed in late July early August for another 6 months , taking it u...

Expenses Regime Fit for Purpose – really?

Back in March, the government published a call for evidence to understand more about the rules and administration of the taxation of employee expenses. This was motivated by the growing trend in the number of employees making claims for t...

2017 – What a Year for Employment Status

With Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget speech finally delivered and IR35 reform in the private sector somewhat delayed, contractors can breathe a sigh of relief and fully enjoy the festive season.Whilst we can afford to be just a little ...

IR35 Workshop Event

We’ve had a great response to our upcoming IR35 workshop evening on Thursday 7th December with over 50 confirmed attendees!Be sure to book your place now as spaces are limited. We now have a confirmed venue for the evening:B...

Automate Your Workload

Self-employment can be as rewarding as it is challenging at times. Whilst looking after your finances, bookings, marketing and not to mention the time to do the work you actually do, things can slip through the net.To assist, you can ...

Spotting the Self-Employed

This month, HMRC published ‘Employment status in SME’s’ – a research study. The research had three aims, namely to:

  • Understand the nature of employment in SME’s;
  • Explore how SME’s determine the employm...

Autumn Budget 2017 – IR35 Reform in Private Sector

The Government have been under mounting pressure of late to tackle tax avoidance, not least due to the leaked ‘Paradise Papers’ which garnered so much media attention, naming extremely high- profile individuals involved in tax avoidan...

How have HMRC Enquiries Changed?

Many years ago, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) started HMRC enquiries by agreeing a date and time for a visit and then arriving with a blank questionnaire. They would then interview the main directors/ shareholders and review a sample of...

Is ‘off-payroll’ for all inevitable?

Despite the strong rumours that the Autumn Budget would herald the extension of the ‘off-payroll’ rules to the private sector, rather than making a firm announcement that this would happen, the government has instead made a veiled pro...

More Debate in House of Commons Over Tax Avoidance and Evasion

A further debate took place in the House of Commons on 14th November.  This time the debate was regarding the leaked Paradise Papers which uncovered tax avoidance on a rather grand scale. It named some of the UK’s most high-profile ind...