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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...

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...

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...

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...

HMRC Lose IR35 Case As They Push Forward With Reform

Late last week Qdos Contractor at last received news of a successfully represented IR35 tribunal, helping the contractor win a lengthy battle with HMRC. Soon after, the Government published its long-awaited consultation ‘Off-payroll wor...

10 reasons the Government should avoid private sector IR35 reform

Long before IR35 changes were enforced in the public sector last year, speculation was mounting about the Government’s intentions to hand private sector businesses the responsibility for setting status too. Even now, public sector refo...

Wealth redistribution – a bridge too far?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is probably the tax that many people would like to see scrapped. It certainly needs overhauling because of its complexity and lack of effectiveness, and this is something that the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) a...

The benefits of filing benefits online

A good number of employers now report expenses and benefits-in-kind online because it’s quicker, easier, more secure and the employer gets confirmation that HMRC received the submission. Employers that are still filing paper forms P11D ...

HMRC & BBC Director-General Disagree over CEST

In a meeting held on 30th April between the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Jon Thomson, Permanent Secretary of HMRC, and Jim Harra, Second Permanent Secretary of HMRC, the BBC Director-General’s claims over the usefulness of the CEST...