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Amazon could be hit with £140m bill in employment status case

Self-employed delivery drivers are demanding employment rights from Amazon Amazon could owe as much as £140 million in compensation to thousands of self-employed drivers delivering its parcels. Law firm Leigh Day, who brought and won the landmark case for Uber…

IR35 is ‘forgotten factor’ driving 100,000 HGV driver crisis

Experts warn that IR35, alongside Covid and post-Brexit regulations, is fuelling the UK's HGV driver shortage The government recently announced temporary visas for 5,000 HGV drivers to work in the UK in the run-up to Christmas. The move comes after…

Covid impacts most SME owners’ mental health but few seek help

More than half of small businesses experienced a decline in their mental health because of the pandemic, but less than one in three reached out In light of World Mental Health day (10 October), new research found that 55 per…

‘Sufficient funding’ needed to tackle unethical umbrella companies

Government urged to allocate 'sufficient funding' to regulate 'unscrupulous' umbrella companies  Tax experts are putting pressure on the government to allocate enough funds in the upcoming Spending Review to establish a Single Enforcement Body (SEB), as proposed by the Department…

MTD delay offers vital ‘breathing space’ for self-employed

Government’s one year delay to MTD provides 'much-needed breathing space' for millions of self-employed people Many self-employed people are welcoming the news that Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax self-assessment (ITSA) has been delayed by one year. HMRC said…

£584,000 employment status case involving referees to be reheard

PGMOL v HMRC to be reheard at First Tier Tribunal, Court of Appeal rules The Court of Appeal has ruled that the £584,000 employment status case against the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) should be reheard, as it believed…

Network rail performs IR35 U-turn

Network Rail reverses contractor ban and is engaging PSC workers outside IR35 once more According to Computer Weekly, Network Rail appears to have made a U-turn over its initial blanket ban on contractors working outside IR35, in a move that…

Chancellor under fire for being interested in ‘big businesses’ only

Rishi Sunak is facing backlash from critics after his speech on entrepreneurship at a Treasury conference At the Treasury Connect Conference in London on Tuesday (14 September), which brought together UK tech firms and investors, the Chancellor announced his support…

Most businesses yet to adhere to new IR35 rules

More than half of medium-sized businesses have not yet formalised processes to be IR35 compliant Around 55 per cent of medium-sized businesses that engage contractors are yet to fully adhere to new IR35 rules, a survey by accounting firm BDO…

Calls to ban umbrella companies highlight how badly misunderstood this industry is

An industry expert says calls to ban umbrella companies altogether are misinformed In late July, when the Trades Union Congress (TUC) called for a ban on umbrella companies and their use of agency workers, people like me who work in…

Freelancers’ post-pandemic boom dwindles, but confidence remains high  

Freelancers’ average quarterly earnings have slumped, new research reveals The latest Freelancer Confidence Index produced by self-employment trade body, IPSE, has found that after a surge in earnings at the start of the year, freelancers’ average income in Q2 has…

PM slammed for ‘idiotic’ National Insurance and dividend tax hike 

Prime Minister breaks manifesto pledge by raising National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and dividend tax by 1.25 per cent  Boris Johnson is facing significant backlash from ministers, government aides and MPs, including senior Conservatives, after announcing a 1.25 per cent increase…

Record number of self-employed defer tax payments 

Pandemic sees 6 times more self-employed people defer their tax payments, new data has revealed  The number of self-employed people and businesses that have rescheduled their tax payments using the government's Time to Pay scheme is six times higher than…

Pressure mounts on HMRC over loan charge ‘mess’

Labour leader says HMRC has 'urgent questions' to answer over handling of the loan charge Sir Keir Starmer has raised concerns about the impact the loan charge has had on people’s livelihoods, in a letter – seen by The Yorkshire Post…

Small businesses expect return to pre-pandemic income in under a year

Small businesses say they could recover to pre-pandemic revenue levels within 10 months, despite fall in confidence New research claims that on average, small businesses expect their income to return to pre-pandemic levels within 10 months of the government restrictions…

Third government body handed multi-million pound IR35 bill

HM Courts & Tribunal Service becomes third government department to be hit with enormous IR35 bill The executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been handed a £12.5 million IR35 bill for falling foul of the off-payroll rules,…