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Am I in breach of contract?

Q. My company provide design engineering services to a large automotive supplier company. The new manager, previously a person providing the same service to the same company is insisting on me working 0830-1700 Mon-Thu and 0830-1300 Fri. Pl...

Do I charge VAT?

Q. I'm working for a UK company via an EU (Irish) agency, my accountant says I do need to charge VAT as a UK company providing a service to a UK company regardless of who my contract is with but the agency is insistent that I don't as they ...

IR35 – Length of Engagement

Q. I've been contracting with the same client in the private sector for 3 years and they would like to extend for another year. I've had my contract reviewed and in itself it's outside of IR35. However, I was wondering if I'd be better off ...

Breach of Contract

Q. I am currently working on a short term contract for an small limited company who in turn is a contractor for a larger Spanish-owned company. I have a contract in place for 3 months with the small Ltd and I have received payment from th...

Permie or contractor?

Q. I am looking at some clarification regarding the 40% rule - if a contractor spends over 40% of their working time within 24 months at a particular workplace, that workplace will be considered permanent. What's working time and non-wor...

Is it legal for a business to refuse a VAT invoice?

Q. I have received the following email from my broadband provider: "We need to let you know about an important change to your Plusnet bill. From our records, we can see that the bill you currently get splits out the VAT amount. From 1...

IR35 – How to pay a substitute

Q. There are many posts regarding IR35 and substitution, but no details on how to pay substitute from my limited company. Within my current contract I have the right to provide a substitute, I cannot fulfil the contract without a substitute...

Am I outside of IR35?

Q. I am providing services to the communications department of a Local Authority. I am confident that I am outside of IR35 and the organisation have assessed me as being so. I use all of my own equipment but it is very difficult to carry ou...

Are HMRC GDPR compliant?

Q. I am working in a Public Sector organisation (NOT NHS) in Wales, via Hays IT, and HMRC have been doing some investigative digging for the last year since the CEST was used to review each contractors status.. I was informed on Friday that...

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...

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...

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...

Am I caught by IR35?

Q. I currently am a freelancer / self employed. I carry out work for various individuals but have no set times when i do their work. They say 10 hours a week but i can do those 10 hours as and when i like. Assume i am okay with this? A. ...

Off Payroll Rules in the Public Sector

Q. My question is regarding the Off Payroll rules and their relationship to IR35 if contracting with a Public Sector organisation, as information I have seen on the web seems to be somewhat contradictory and does not clearly indicate if the...

Expense Receipts – Electronic and paper versions?

Q. If I have electronic versions of expense receipts do I still need to keep the paper versions as well? I have had different views on this and would really love to reduce the paper mountain! A. Thank you for your query RE: electronic re...

What level of indemnity do I need?

Q. I am a limited company with all insurances - public and private to £5m and employers to £10m. I contract through a third party and they say I need to carry the same levels as them. They are a big company (millions) I am a small company...