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Covid sees self-employed women lose twice as much income than men

Self-employed women lost nearly double the income compared to men, because of Covid Research by SME insurance provider, Superscript, has revealed that self-employed women lost 20 per cent of their income over the course of the pandemic, while men only…

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…

Surge in contractor hiring activity highest in 23 years 

Upturn in temporary billings among highest on record, new report reveals The latest Report on Jobs by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed a surge in recruitment activity in June, with the upturn in contractor and temporary…

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…

Fifth SEISS grant slammed as ‘completely unfair’

The fifth Self-Employment Income Support (SEISS) grant is “unfair” and will leave workers out of cash, says MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis has highlighted that the fifth round of SEISS grants is set to cover eligible claimants for five months – from…

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…

Self-employed to see Universal Credit payments cut

Self-employed people claiming Universal Credit to see payments slashed from next month From August, the government is set to reintroduce the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed workers claiming benefits - a move that would reduce these workers' Universal Credit…

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…

‘Shocking’ 200% rise in freelancers experiencing mental health issues 

'Shocking' surge in freelancers reporting mental health problems highlights the 'hidden cost of the pandemic' The number of freelancers experiencing mental health issues has risen by more than 200 per cent – a spike from six per cent to 20…

Freedom Day delay deals ‘financially scarred’ freelancers ‘major blow’

Pandemic has 'seriously and structurally undermined' freelance sector, with delay to Freedom Day adding to freelancers' woes A study by self-employment trade body, IPSE, has found that two in five (40%) freelancers are not financially prepared for the future. Another…

‘Clear’ signs of self-employed recovery but more support needed

ONS data shows that self-employed recovery is stabilising, but experts urge for sector specific support The latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the total number of self-employed people in the UK had risen…

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…