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Contractor group demand suicide helpline

A group representing contractors and freelance workers in the UK have taken the unprecedented step of calling on HMRC to set up a 24-hour Suicide Hotline to deal with ever increasing volumes of calls from people reporting suicidal thought...

Pimlico Plumbers appeal goes down the pan

After failing to persuade the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd, also failed in his company’s appeal to convince the Supreme Court that Gary Smith, an ex-Pimlico self-employed operative, ...

Debacle over BBC pay continues

The whole debacle into the way in which the BBC pay its workers arose due to the change in IR35 legislation for self-employed workers, operating within the public- sector, introduced from April 2017. A Select Committee Hearing on 20th Mar...

Does the Pimlico Plumbers battle undermine IR35?

Q. Does the plumber's recent workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers undermine IR35 for contractors? The Supreme Court ruled that despite being self-employed, he was able to insist on workers rights. Could this open the floodgates f...

Hidden Tribunal Case Reveals that HMRC Have Got it Wrong Once Again

The case was heard on 15 November 2016 but has only recently come to light because the decision was not published, as the Tribunal’s decision was issued orally and no request was made to the Tribunal for them to provide their full written...

Taxing The Unknown

For business owners, it is important that they can identify and record every bank deposit where possible. Inevitably however, human error can cause the odd unidentified bank receipt to be overlooked. If this has been paid into a ‘mixed...

IR35: Right of Control

Q. In my current contract my team has moved to a different area within the same department. Previously there was a relaxed policy around working from home, but since we have moved the policy is taken very seriously and we have been informed...

Fact or Fiction – Are HMRC making it up as they go along?

Following the release of the Matthew Taylor Report on ’Modern Working Practices’ and the subsequent ‘Employment Status Consultation’ both released in February this year, a consultation document on reforming IR35 within the private s...

The Government must change its attitude for the sake of independent working

Understandably, contractors have questioned this Government’s commitment to the independent workforce for some time. And despite claims from The Conservatives themselves that they are the Party of enterprise and small business, the ongoin...

Not all contractors are created equal

We’re all familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote, ‘all men are created equal’. But how much do we really believe in that? Surely a statement so profound is a little outdated for today’s society, in more ways than one. For a...

Corporate Criminal Tax Offences

Q. My accountant has just sent me details of new Corporate Criminal Offences, which seems to imply I must check that my clients and suppliers are not tax evaders. Does this really apply to 1 man limited company contractors? What do I need t...

IR35 consultation: how many times did HMRC miss the point?

The Government’s much-anticipated consultation on private sector IR35 reform opened last week, and unsurprisingly, the details have done little to win HMRC any support from contractors, or other parties in the supply chain for that matter...

Simple savings

The Office of Tax Simplification has launched the first broad review of its type into the application of the tax system to savings and investment income, covering amongst other things, savings and dividend income, Individual Savings Accou...