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MPs are urging the government to offer a suicide prevention helpline for those affected by the loan charge The Loan Charge and Taxpayer Fairness All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has written to the chancellor, urging the government again to rethink the…

MTD could have helped millions more self-employed access Covid support

Self-employed people could have had access to better support during the pandemic through MTD, says HMRC’s Jim Harra If the tax watchdog had been able to collect real-time data under its Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative, more self-employed could have…

Self-employed warned about tax scams after 800,000 reported in past year

Taxman tells the self-employed to watch out for scams when filing their 2020/21 tax return HMRC is preparing to issue emails and text messages to people filing in their self-assessment, asking them to be on guard after almost 800,000 tax-related…

Judge confirms SEISS discriminated against new mums

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the government’s support for the self-employed discriminated against new mothers The Court of Appeal confirmed that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) indirectly discriminated against new mothers in its calculations. However, judges maintained…

Thousands of self-employed under investigation for SEISS fraud

HMRC data reveals a staggering jump in the number of self-employed people under investigation for suspected misuse of Covid support The number of self-employed people under investigation for misusing the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has jumped by more than…

IR35 reform has driven a third of self-employed people out

Self-employed sector left in a 'mess' as changes to the off-payroll rules see more than a third quit According to new research by self-employment trade body, IPSE, since IR35 reform came into effect in April this year, 35 per cent…

IR35 reform – what have we learned?

More than six months after the introduction of off-payroll reform in the private sector, Director of Strategic Sales at Parasol Group, Clarke Bowles, delves into some of the lessons learned from the changes to IR35 and weighs up what might happen…

Former Sky broadcaster hit with £281,000 IR35 bill

Ex Sky Sports presenter loses IR35 appeal at First Tier Tribunal Dave Clark, who stepped down from his role as a presenter of Sky Sports’ darts coverage in July last year, is facing a £281,000 IR35 bill after losing his…

Chancellor buries £1.7bn tax raid on self-employed in Budget book

Rishi Sunak’s hidden tax raid on the self-employed would raise £1.7 billion for the Treasury Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been accused of a “stealth tax on the self-employed” after the Budget red book revealed a tweak to how tax will…

Gaps in Budget over funding to regulate umbrellas ‘hugely disappointing’

Lack of clarity in Budget over funding to help regulate the umbrella sector concerns experts Analysis of the Budget documentation, published after chancellor Rishi Sunak addressed the House of Commons, showed that the government is looking to clamp down on…

The Budget: optimistic message ‘does nothing to reassure self-employed’

The Chancellor’s largely positive message in his Budget 'does nothing to reassure' the self-employed, say industry experts In his upbeat Budget speech to the House of Commons today, Rishi Sunak told MPs that “growth is up, jobs are up and debt…

Government told to conduct ‘wholesale reform of IR35’ as inquiry launches

Government urged to reform off-payroll rules as inquiry into private sector changes is launched  The House of Lords Finance Bill sub-committee has launched an IR35 inquiry into the implementation of the new off-payroll rules in the private sector.  In the…

HMRC to issue ‘nudge’ letters to cryptocurrency investors

The self-employed face additional tax liabilities if they own cryptocurrency, the taxman has warned HMRC has issued a statement saying it plans to send out letters to cryptocurrency investors, nudging them to check they have paid the right tax. News…

Budget 2021: what can the self-employed expect?

Experts explore some of the measures the Chancellor may announce in the upcoming Budget Rishi Sunak is set to announce numerous fiscal changes at the Budget on 27th October a bid to balance the books following the coronavirus pandemic.  The…

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, it has been reported.  Law firm Leigh Day, who brought and won the…

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…