Monthly Archives: April 2019

Contractors fear private sector not ready for IR35

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Most contractors have little confidence that the private sector is prepared for the IR35 changes which will come into force in April 2020. The changes, commonly known as the off-payroll rules, were introduced into the public sector in 2017 and it was in the 2018 Budget that government made known its intention to extend the changes to the private sector…. Read more »

HMRC loses £100K IR35 enquiry

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HMRC has lost a £100,000 IR35 enquiry in yet another example of its shambolic approach to compliance. While many contractors are worrying about the introduction of the IR35 rules into the private sector, they may not have been paying much attention to what HMRC has been doing. However, Qdos has revealed another case of a needless IR35 enquiry, lack of… Read more »

Brexit consequences for tradespeople

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The construction industry is one of the sectors of the economy that will be directly affected by the continuing uncertainty over Brexit. The construction sector is also one that employs many self-employed tradespeople. As the arguments rage over what type of Brexit would be acceptable, some things are now known and generally accepted as fact. The construction industry is unusual… Read more »

HMRC used disguised remuneration contractors

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Three months after HMRC refused to confirm whether it used contractors who used a disguised remuneration scheme, it has been revealed that they did. This revelation did not come from HMRC, but from the former HMRC contractors who admitted that whilst they were working for the organization, they did use such schemes. The contractors, who are facing penalties from HMRC… Read more »