Monthly Archives: April 2018

IR35 outlook for private PSCs in April 2019

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Mark Lee, the founder of ContractElite, believes that the incentive for changing the rules of IR35 is not to create greater fairness between the self-employed and the employed but to increase the amount of money raised through taxation. Chancellor Philip Hammond has already said that the increasing number of people choosing to become freelancers or contractors rather than taking on… Read more »

Online tax appeals have higher success rate

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Taxpayers considering appealing against HMRC might want to consider going online, as more of these appeals go through the first time without rejections when submitted in this manner. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said last week that its new online service for contesting tax bills is already “drastically cutting the number of applications being returned.” The decrease in the number… Read more »

Adverts promoting misleading contractor loan scheme banned

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HMRC does not receive praise often, but by acting to prevent contractors from inadvertently entering into agreements leading to tax avoidance, it has done these workers a good turn. Some tax avoidance scheme promoters advertise extravagant claims of being able to legally save contractors from paying large amounts of tax. HMRC has had some recent successes in challenging advertisements that… Read more »

HMRC wins IR35 case

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For the first time in seven years, HMRC has won an IR35 case. It brought the case against Christa Ackroyd Media. Christa Ackroyd, who used to present Look North, lost her appeal, with HMRC saying that she owed National Insurance Contributions and tax for the years 2006/7 to 2012/13. The presenter will have to pay £419,151. This is the first… Read more »