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Contractor loses second appeal in £70,000 IR35 tribunal

An IT contractor disputing a £70,000 IR35 bill has his appeal rejected for a second time  An IT project manager contracting for Nationwide has lost an IR35 tribunal for the second time in just over a year.  Robert Lee received…

8 in 10 contractors subject to ‘unfair’ IR35 decisions

Businesses blanket-placing contractors inside IR35 are losing their competitive advantage A study into the impact of IR35 reform has revealed that 77 per cent of contractors do not believe their clients have carried out fair and compliant IR35 decisions.  The…

HMRC’s response to loan charge scandal ‘doubly disappointing’

Government slammed for ‘sluggish’ refunds to only a small number of contractors affected by loan charge scandal Although HMRC have refunded millions of pounds to taxpayers who paid its controversial loan charge, only a fraction of those who applied for…

Post Office could face multimillion-pound bill over employment status case

Postmasters take the Post Office to an employment tribunal, claiming they are workers and not self-employed 120 sub-postmasters have launched legal proceedings against the Post Office, arguing they are not self-employed, but workers and therefore entitled to holiday pay, sick…

MPs denied vote to tackle ‘unethical’ umbrella companies

MPs denied vote to amend Finance Bill, which sought to prevent non-compliant umbrella companies Ahead of the third reading of the Finance Bill in the House of Commons last week (24th May 2021), MPs were expected to vote on two…

First rise in freelancers since pandemic “cause for cautious optimism”

Official figures show an increase in the number of UK freelancers – the first since the beginning of the pandemic. The latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the first month-on-month increase in the number…

Firms’ non-compliant approach to IR35 reform revealed

Nearly one in two contractors yet to receive Status Determination Statement (SDS), while half may challenge client's IR35 decision A new survey by IR35 expert, Qdos, has revealed that only 56 per cent of contractors have received an SDS from…

Urgent call for umbrella companies to be regulated

Industry experts submit draft policy, urging government to regulate 'cartel-like' umbrella market Former senior policy adviser to the Treasury, Rebecca Seeley Harris, and founder of offpayroll.org James Poyser, are calling on the government to take urgent action to regulate umbrella…

Quarter of freelance businesses back to pre-pandemic levels

Gradual reopening of the economy sees thousands of freelance businesses return to pre-pandemic levels Nearly a quarter (24%) of independent workers have said their freelance business has returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to research by self-employment trade body, IPSE. The…

50,000 ‘dodgy’ mini umbrella companies costing taxpayers millions

A BBC investigation finds nearly 50,000 mini umbrella companies running “dodgy” tax avoidance schemes Recently reformed IR35 has forced many contractors into using umbrella companies, which act as the ‘employer’, typically processing payroll of the worker. It is also a…

HMRC target Gary Lineker in £4.9m IR35 case 

Match of the Day host is the latest celebrity to be caught up in IR35 case HMRC is pursuing former England football star and TV presenter, Gary Lineker, with a tax bill of £4.9million under the IR35 regulations. The tax…

IR35 reform to cost 1 in 3 contractors over £20,000

One third of contractors to miss out on over £20,000 because of IR35 reform Contractors have revealed major concerns about the potentially devastating financial impact that recently enforced IR35 reform will have on them. The study, carried out by insurance…

Freelance earnings and confidence make ‘remarkable recovery’

Freelance earnings and confidence in economy bounce back to pre-pandemic levels Research by self-employment trade body, IPSE, in conjunction with freelance job platform, PeoplePerHour, has found in the first quarter of 2021, freelance earnings made a “remarkable recovery”. The study…

Self-employed women missing out on Government support

Thousands of self-employed women are missing out on Covid grants, new research finds Less than two-thirds (60%) of women eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claimed the grant by the end of January 2021, according to analysis by…

Addison Lee case highlights ‘confusing nature’ of employment law

Government encouraged to end employment status confusion after Addison Lee refused appeal over driver status  The Court of Appeal has denied Addison Lee’s request to appeal an employment tribunal (ET) decision that its drivers are workers and not self-employed. Lord…

Umbrella industry needs a regulator ‘with teeth’

A regulator that can impose penalties is key to stamping out non-compliant umbrella companies, says industry expert The recent publication of the inquiry into How Contracting Should Work by the Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) raised significant concerns about…