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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...

VAT’s The Way To Do It

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently published its first report on VAT, titled, 'Value added tax: route to simplification'. It represents the first wide-ranging simplification review of the VAT system conducted in the UK and co...

What about the big guns?

A fortnight in which the Treasury dropped their biggest hint yet that IR35 reform will be extended to the private sector, UK freelancer and contractors have called on the Government to apply greater pressure on big businesses suspected of...

November’s Budget is the Time to Address IR35 Rumours

The fast approaching Autumn Budget on 22nd November presents the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, with a timely opportunity to clarify the much debated and speculated future of IR35 in the private sector.The pressure on Mr Hammond to addres...

Get Real Over Loan Charge

Finance Bill 2017 proposes to introduce new charges on outstanding loans from disguised remuneration (DR) schemes. These charges apply to the total amount of DR loans made to employees and traders after 5th April 1999 and that are outstan...

MTD: Where are we now?

Back in July of this year, the government announced that the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) would be delayed and will now only be mandatory for VAT from April 2019. This was in response to concerns raised by businesses, MPs and ...

Up Next for the OTS

The OTS has announced its next lot of future objects within three timelines, namely:

  1. Projects for the next 12 months;
  2. Wider range of projects to consider over the next three years; and
  3. Identifying area...

Recruitment Industry Reveals After-Effects of Public Sector IR35 Reform

New research published by The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has revealed the after-effects of recent public sector IR35 changes.Offering fresh evidence that reform has left its mark on public sector contracting ...

Freelance Doctor Suffers Tax Pain

A locum doctor was forced to pay over £0.5 million in tax and penalties because he operated as a self-employed individual rather than through his own PSC.The recent First Tier Tax Tribunal case of Dr Maqbool Baloch v HMRC concerned t...

New Small Business Commissioner Must Tackle Tax and IR35 to Truly Champion Small Business

Earlier this week, former Conservative MP Paul Uppal was appointed the Small Business Commissioner. In a newly-established role, Mr Uppal has been tasked with transforming Britain into the ‘best place in the world for new entrepreneurs’...

Resurrection of the IR35 Forum

Just when we thought that the IR35 Forum was no more, the latest minutes of a meeting held on 17 July 2017, have this week been published. Although the Forum is supposed to be held every quarter, the previous forum meeting took place on 2...

Keeping the Wolffe from the door

Wealth advisor, Knight Wolffe, has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleading income trust advertising that uses HMRC’s logo.In the recently published Spotlight 40, ‘Income trust schemes:  mislead...