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IR35 Legal Challenge May Not Happen

In June of this year, Mike Gibson, a former transformation director of Logica and Fujitsu, and now owner of his own company, Ethical Consulting Ltd, launched an appeal for cash donations to mount a legal challenge against the IR35 reforms in the public sector. The crowdfund tar...

Travel Expenses for All

Back in May of this year, the Treasury issued a consultation document, ‘Taxation of employee expenses call for evidence’. This was driven by the Government wanting to understand more about the increasing number of claims for non-reimbursed travel expenses made by i...

IR35 – Should the client be booking my flights?

Q. In terms of a contract if all other parts would be deemed to be classed as outside of IR35, but the company required occasional short notice travel abroad, and the company are suggesting that their own travel department would book and pay for those flights would that then put ...

Shambles and a Disgrace

HMRC were recently scolded by the First Tier Tax Tribunal for allowing a VAT appeal to get as far as a tribunal hearing.Gekko & Company Ltd are a property investment business that registered for VAT in May 1997.In 2015, the company underwent a VAT compliance check w...

Corporation Tax Made Simple

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently published its recommendations for making corporation tax (C.T) easier in its report, ‘Simplification of the corporation tax computation’.Thus far, little attention has been given to making C.T operate more simply ...

Length of engagement – am I outside of IR35?

Q. A query regarding IR35 - I'm currently working in a contract outside of IR35 - if I'm offered an extension which takes my time at the company above 2 years will that mean the IR35 status changes. I know you lose the option to claim travel expenses at that point but I noticed i...

Are you shouting enough on social?

Over 2 BILLION people are now on Facebook. This is huge considering less than 4 billion people on the planet have access to internet.In the UK, this is much higher with over 60% of our population having a Facebook account making it the perfect platform for speaking to a mas...

A stroke happens every 5 minutes in the UK

Figures show that as of January 2017, more than 100,000 strokes happen in the UK each year; which is the equivalent to around one stroke every five minutes. A stroke has also been identified as the fourth leading cause of death in the UK, according to the Stroke Association.A...

10 Common Tax Errors Landlords Make

As part of their Let Property Campaign, HMRC have published examples of common tax errors landlords make. Many of these will seem obvious but nevertheless some people are ignorant or become complacent about their tax obligations when owning investment property.The publication...

Contracting wasteland in two years?

Back in June I attended a seminar run by my local branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. It was supposed to discuss the recent changes introduced by Finance Act 2017 but as many clauses had been removed due to the General Election, the format was partly changed. However...

Am I eligible for claiming my travel expenses?

Q. I am IT consultant and working for the same client for last 4 years. First two and half years the deliverables were different (say job role 1) and last 1.5 years the deliverables were different (say job role 2). I have terminated my assignment 10 days before the actual end dat...

Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Q. If I have a contract with a company for 1 year and I need to set up my own business, do I have a limited business or sole trader?A. We cannot advise you on whether to set up a limited company or operate as a sole trader.There are many factors to consider, such as your ...

The Best Project Management Tools For Working On The Go

With over 6 million people in the UK working remotely, how easy is it to keep on top of everything? If you find your “work-place” moves from home, to coffee shops to meetings, managing your files and projects on the go can become problematic.We’ve put together our favou...