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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…

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…

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…

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,…

‘Shambolic’ HMRC refused IR35 case appeal after missing deadline

Taxman dubbed “shambolic” after submitting an appeal application late in a long-running IR35 case HMRC missed the deadline to appeal locum doctor George Mantides' partial IR35 case victory, according to an Upper Tier Tribunal (UTT) judgement published last week. It…

Union calls for ban on umbrella companies

TUC's call to ban umbrella companies is met with scepticism  The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling for an outright ban on umbrella companies, stating the “scandalous workplace practices” have “no place in modern Britain.”  However, industry experts have hit…

Banks tailor mortgages for contractors working inside IR35 

Two high street banks have changed their lending policy to help contractors falling inside IR35 to apply for a mortgage Following the introduction of IR35 reform in the private sector, Virgin Money and Clydesdale Bank have amended their policy for…

‘Careless’ Home Office hit with £33.5m IR35 bill

The Home Office is the latest government department to pay an enormous IR35 bill for non-compliance HMRC has handed the Home Office a £33.5m IR35 bill after a review of its off-payroll compliance process was found to be “careless.” The…

DWP handed £88m tax bill over incorrect IR35 determinations

Government department faced an ‘eye-watering’ tax bill over ‘historic’ IR35 status determinations It has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was handed an enormous tax bill after a review of its IR35 compliance revealed it had carried…

‘Eleventh hour’ tax simplification concerning for self-employed 

Industry experts raise concerns over ‘inadequate’ timeframe for incoming self-employed tax reforms The government have announced significant changes to the way the self-employed and small businesses file their tax returns. These reforms aim to simplify the current system by taxing…

Contractors urge government to end ‘zero-rights employment’

With two thirds of contractors working inside IR35, the government has been urged to abolish 'zero-rights employment' The call comes as 65% of contractors have been placed inside IR35 by their client following the introduction of IR35 reform in the…

IR35 reform sees HGV driver shortage reach ‘crisis point’

Government warned about 'failing supply chains' as IR35 reform leads to lorry driver shortage 'crisis' Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has written a letter to the Prime Minister calling for action to “resolve the significant…

HMRC’s IR35 tool leaves a ‘staggering’ 210,100 contractors ‘in limbo’

HMRC’s CEST tool has left hundreds of thousands of contractors in ‘no man’s land’ regarding their IR35 status The latest figures for HMRC's IR35 tool (Check Employment Status for Tax) have exposed its flaws yet again, according to industry experts.…

‘Big blow’ to Deliveroo riders who are ruled self-employed 

Deliveroo riders lose battle to win employment rights from gig economy giant The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court judgment that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and therefore cannot be classified as workers. The case was brought to a…