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Does the Pimlico Plumbers battle undermine IR35?

Q. Does the plumber's recent workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers undermine IR35 for contractors? The Supreme Court ruled that despite being self-employed, he was able to insist on workers rights. Could this open the floodgates f...

Government not concerned about Tax Avoidance when it comes to outsourcing

A recent debate in House of Commons shows that there are far bigger problems in terms of tax avoidance than personal service companies.  It has always been a bone of contention with IR35 that the legislation targets the smallest businesses...

Serial wind-ups will pay dividends

In April 2016, legislation was introduced to counter the practice of opening and closing companies at regular intervals and to prevent shareholders of close companies from escaping an Income Tax charge on the final distribution of company...

How do I complete a risk assessment?

An electrical contractor was ordered to carry out unpaid work and pay costs of £1,152, after his trainee fell three and half metres through a plasterboard ceiling. The trainee suffered head injuries and was in hospital for 23 days. He was ...

What is the Construction Industry Scheme?

For those working in the construction industry, including builders, electricians, and painter/decorators, CIS is a tax scheme designed by HMRC to minimise tax evasion within the industry.

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For the Record

Entitlement to a full state pension is contingent of having paid, or been credited with, sufficient NIC. The number of qualifying years needed for a full state pension depends on the date on which state pension age is reache...

The resilient labour market means good news for contractors

News that Britain’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8%, its lowest level since September 2005, suggests that the economy is not suffering from any post-Brexit blues. The news delighted employment minister Damian Hinds who hailed “the ...

Plumber Sinks Because of Tax Evasion

 

Peter Mack, a plumber from Ringwood, Hampshire, has been given a four month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months for tax ev...

Jack of All Trades

A recent First Tier Tax Tribunal case involved one of those rare occurrences of HMRC arguing strongly that a taxpayer should be treated as self-employed and not employed as the individual had claimed. Mr Coffey was, for many years, a...

HMRC Argue Self-Employment??

We are all used to HMRC seeking to argue that some contractors are really disguised employees and attempting to apply the IR35 legislation, even if that means attempting to convince a Tribunal or Court judge that they are right. On rare ...