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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…