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2018 Budget Announced for 29th October

It has been announced by the Treasury that the 2018 budget will take place on Monday 29th October. The budget is taking place earlier than expected and many commentators consider this as an indication that the much expected private sector IR35 reforms will be announced by the chancellor, Phillip Hammond. Speaking to Contractor UK, IR35… Read more

HMRC Publish Official Guidance to Protect Contractors From Tax Avoidance Scams

As part of their increased efforts to protect contractors from tax avoidance schemes, HMRC have published official guidance to help contractors identify tax avoidance schemes that are being promoted and facilitated by non-compliant umbrella companies. Published on HMRC’s website, the official guide (which can be accessed by clicking the link below) outlines the key aspects… Read more

Latest Contractor IR35 Triumph Against HMRC

HMRC have suffered another defeat in their latest IR35 challenge against an IT Contractor. The contractor in question, Ian Wells, was providing his IT services to the Department of Work and Pensions through his own limited company and subsequently received a tax bill in excess of £26,000. This was a result of HMRC assessing him… Read more

Contractor Loan Charge 2019

The Basics Contractors who’ve used tax scheme’s involving loans (after 6 April 1999) and choose not to settle with HMRC using the current disguised remuneration settlement opportunity, will be subject to PAYE and NIC under legislation enacted in the Finance (No 2) Act 2017 being applied to any outstanding loans as of 5 April 2019…. Read more

HMRC’s CEST figures, obtained by FOI, indicate widespread wrongful tax treatment

HMRC have released figures on the back of an 11 month Investigation by Contractor Calculator into HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool. The figures suggest that thousands of contractors could have grounds to appeal against wrongful tax treatment, resulting from unlawful blanket assessments conducted by public sector hirers. HMRC had blocked a series… Read more

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