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Experts propose scheme to provide contractors with COVID-19 support

A coalition of industry bodies, experts and campaign groups have proposed a scheme to support excluded contractors Around three million freelancers, contractors and small businesses have missed out on emergency Coronavirus support for numerous reasons including, being newly self-employed or…

One million freelancers forced into debt as COVID-19 costs mount up

One million freelancers and contractors have been pushed into debt because of the Coronavirus crisis, research finds According to a report, titled ‘The cost of Covid: How the pandemic is affecting the self-employed’ published by Starling bank and trade body…

Capital Gains Tax reform would stifle contractors and damage economy

Hiking Capital Gains Tax is “incredibly unjust”, will “impede entrepreneurship” and damage the economy, say experts The Coronavirus pandemic has hit millions of freelancers, contractors and small businesses hard, with many falling through the cracks of the government support. And with…

‘Glaring gaps’ in COVID-19 support sees self-employed sector in ‘precipitous decline’

Gaping holes in COVID-19 support is the reason why half a million self-employed people have left the sector, says trade body Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that from July to September, the number of self-employed…

IR35 reform seen as bigger threat to contractors than COVID-19 and Brexit combined

Contractors say April's IR35 reform is a bigger threat to their business than COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty together Research by IR35 specialist, Qdos, found that despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, nearly two-thirds (62%) of contractors have said IR35 reform in…

Do you need to change everything to succeed as a contractor in 2020?

How contractors can adapt to survive and even thrive in challenging times I seem to be starting every article with some reference to COVID-19, recessions, IR35 reform, Brexit and general doom and gloom. As depressing as this is, no one…

3m freelancers and contractors ‘wilfully ignored’ in new COVID-19 support

Industry bodies urgently call on government to stop ‘wilfully ignoring’ the 3million self-employed excluded from Coronavirus support The Prime Minister has announced that the government will increase the financial support available to certain self-employed workers in November, during the second national lockdown…

Tips on how to create a legitimate Statement of Work

A Statement of Work (SoW) may be contractors' answer to IR35 reform - here's what it should (and shouldn't) include With IR35 reform looming, operating under a Statement of Work (SoW) - which is a contract outlining deliverables that must…

Chancellor, it’s time to right your wrongs and support contractors through Coronavirus

The scandal of Rishi Sunak’s abandonment of millions of freelancers and contractors during Coronavirus - fighting back with #ForgottenLtd My name is Keith Webb and my business is called Aiden Associates Ltd. I provide business advisory services to a wide-ranging…

Ex-Financial Secretary calls for ‘dreaded’ IR35 to be abolished 

The man who helped orchestrate IR35 reform, Mel Stride, has called for the abolition of the ‘dreaded’ IR35 rules Speaking at a Treasury committee hearing on 21st October, Mel Stride, who was instrumental in getting off-payroll reform over the line, has now…

Fewer than 1 in 5 self-employed saving into a pension 

Less than a fifth of the self-employed are saving into a pension, even among those better off, new research reveals Freelancers, contractors and the self-employed could face a pension crisis after it emerged that fewer than one in five are…

Contractors, your view of substitution is wrong

It’s time contractors thought differently about the right of substitution and how to prove outside IR35 status Because there has been no real solution to the problem since IR35 was enforced 20 years ago, a contractor’s view of the right of…

Freelancers and contractors could be hit with tax bills higher than income 

Self-employed could face tax bills higher than their income because of the pandemic Many freelancers and contractors will be hit with multiple tax bills next year that fail to take into account the loss of earnings as a result of…

Can contractors overturn a blanket IR35 decision? 

Possibly, but changing a client's mind may prove difficult Q. My client in the private sector had initially placed me and all contractors it engages inside IR35 prior to the anticipated rollout of IR35 reform in April of this year.…

Gaps in COVID-19 support sees self-employment fall to 2015 levels

Slump in self-employment highlights gaps in support and will result in skills shortage, experts warn The number of self-employed people in the UK in Q3 fell by 240,000 when measured against the same period last year, the latest Office of National…

Eamonn Holmes to challenge £250,000 IR35 ruling

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes takes HMRC to court to appeal IR35 ruling  Eamonn Holmes, who hosts ITV’s This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford, has filed an official court listing and is fighting the taxman at an Upper Tier Tribunal…