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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…

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…

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…

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…

Recovering business confidence sees temp billings surge

The easing of lockdown has boosted business confidence, which sees temp billings rise sharply Figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG’s latest Report on Jobs show there was a sharp increase in the number of temp billings…

Self-employed facing £4bn pension ‘crisis’

The self-employed could face a retirement 'crisis', as they miss out on £4 billion in pension contributions Millions of self-employed people could run into severe financial difficulty when they retire given 4 in 5 are not saving into pensions at…

MPs slam ‘flawed’ IR35 and call for clamp down on ‘wild west’ 

A group of MPs blast 'flawed' IR35 rules and urge government to tackle the 'wild west' supply chain exploiting contractors The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have published an inquiry into How Contracting Should Work, which exposes “significant” non-compliance in…

Excluded self-employed ‘plunged into debt and poverty’

Treasury warned self-employed face financial hardship after falling through the cracks in government support Campaign group ExcludedUK, which was formed in the wake of the pandemic after an estimated three million self-employed people were excluded from emergency support, has written…

Is a shift in thinking needed to navigate IR35 reform?

Steps contractors can take to manage IR35 reform in the private sector  After a period of disappointment and reflection following the introduction of IR35 reform earlier this month, the only thing left to do for contractors is to either wave…

‘Historic moment’ as controversial IR35 reform lands

IR35 reform has been rolled out in the private sector, risking 'serious harm' to contractors The roll-out of IR35 reform in the private sector today (6th April), has been described as a “historic moment” and one that has come at…

Pandemic to cost small businesses over £12.6 billion

The Coronavirus pandemic is set to cost UK small businesses more than £12.6 billion, double last year’s forecasts A report by insurance provider, Simply Business, has revealed that small businesses have lost £15,673 so far on average throughout COVID-19, but…

What are the most searched questions about IR35 reform?

A pitstop guide to the most frequently searched questions about IR35 reform Somewhat surprisingly, despite IR35 reform in the private sector being just days away, research reveals that search interest in IR35 has plummeted since the delay to these controversial…

HMRC’s IR35 research ‘sharply contradicts’ reality of reform

Government's IR35 research branded 'overly optimistic' by experts The report, titled 'Effects of the off-payroll working reforms on agencies', by IFF on behalf of HMRC, explores the impact IR35 reform in the public sector in 2017 had on recruitment agencies.  However,…

Tax Day: Modern tax system must work for self-employed

The government have an “opportunity to build a fairer tax system” for the self-employed say experts in response to ‘Tax Day’ The Treasury published a series of tax documents and consultations on 'Tax Day', outlining future policy changes, which include…