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A Step Closer to MTD

HMRC has, this week, published more information on how businesses, the self-employed and landlords will benefit from plans to modernise our tax system.

Over the last 8 months, HMRC received more than 3,000 responses to its six consultation docum...

Public Sector – Exempt From New IR35 Rules?

Q. I work as contractor in the public sector under a Limited Company structure through an agent. I send my timesheet to a local authority (LA) who in turn sends it an employment agency who then pay me. My contact is with the agency and they in turn have a contract w...

IR35 in the Public Sector – Increase Your Fees?

Q. IR35 and Public Sector. I am currently contracting in the Public Sector with the strong chance of renewal and looking at all my options. Which seems to be moving to the private sector in April (with increased competition with all public sector contractors doing t...

PI Policy: IR35 Status

Q. If my PI policy requires sign off of the following statement, surely it weakens the IR35 status?: "All work is carried out at the reasonable instruction of, and s...

IR35: Committing to One Client

Q. My wife works as a part time Doctor Locum providing non-vatable GP services to local Clinics. She tends to work a few hours a week and her life is based around our young kids that require school/nursery drop offs. She has recently liked one particular Clinic that has offered h...

Critical Illness – The Statistics

A recent study has revealed that 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.

In this week’s article we will be talking about the single biggest disease likely to affect at least 50% of us, th...

Don’t Try This at Home

As the Self Assessment countdown begins, HMRC has released its latest list of the most outlandish items which have been claimed as expenses.Glamorous holidays abroad, luxury watches and Friday nights out were amongst some of the most frivolous expenses that some taxpayers t...

A Welcome Suspension

Where a tax return contains an inaccuracy that was due to the taxpayer failing to take reasonable care, then that error is deemed to be ‘careless’ but HMRC have the power to suspend such penalties where the conditions allow them to.Suspension of penalties is seen as a w...

On Your Bike

An Employment Tribunal recently ruled that Maggie Dewhurst, a 29 year old bicycle courier, was not genuinely self-employed but rather a “limb worker” and therefore entitled to basic worker rights.Dewhurst had been delivering for same day courier company CitySprint UK Lt...

Treasury Committee Calls for MTD Delay

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has recently published its report on Making Tax Digital (MTD), which calls for a delay in the implementation of MTD and for mo...

Running a limited company, financially viable?

Q. I am a contractor employed by an agent working in a local authority. I pay myself through a Limited Company. After April If I am deemed to be inside IR35 I understand I will have to pay the same tax and NI as a permanent employee. My question is, if I end up being inside IR35,...

Public Sector IR35 Investigation

Q. My last contract was in the Public Sector and I was subject to an IR35 investigation which I passed as both my contract and working practices were outside of IR35. HMRC stated they would not perform another IR35 investigation in the next 3 years if my working practices did not...

EBT and Contractor Loan Schemes

Q. It seems clear that hmrc are pushing ahead with their drive to make contractors who used EBT and contractor loan schemes liable for tax they see as owing, with the 2018/2019 tax year when they demand payment. Many (ex) contractors, who entered these arrangements in good faith,...