Author Archives: Ship Shape Pay

Engage Technology Partners and Jumio and join forces to automate right to work verification

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Integrating online identity verification into Engage’s SaaS recruitment platform streamlines time-consuming and manual verification process with state-of-the-art verification technologies. As recruiters will be aware, right to work checks are a compulsory step in the UK recruitment process. Applicants must supply original identity documents, which must be verified as valid, copies retained and a record made of the date the check… Read more »

IR35 clampdown predicted in Budget

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The Treasury is finalising plans to overhaul the tax rules that allow the self-employed “to avoid paying National Insurance Contributions.” according to press reports. Treasury officials commonly use this kind of language to refer to contractors who set up their own limited companies to take on work. The Budget is likely to announce the new rules. It is not known… Read more »

Preparing for MTD

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is just six months away, yet recent research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) revealed that more than 40% of the businesses that will experience effects are still unaware of this. On 13th July 2017, an announcement proclaimed that all businesses that registered for VAT and have a taxable… Read more »

Employment intermediary escapes late filing penalty

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For more than three years, employment businesses, agencies and other employment intermediaries have had to file returns giving the details of individuals that they believe have a legitimate reason for working on a self-employed basis. These establishments must file the returns every quarter. Failure to file a return on time results in a late-filing penalty, the amount of which varies… Read more »

HMRC seeks names and addresses of contractors outside IR35

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A leaked letter to ContractorCalculator has revealed that HMRC is asking for the personal details of any contractors working in the public sector who are continuing via their limited companies to work outside IR35. The letter is now circulating to all public service bodies, requesting them to provide the names of addresses and of all their contractors who work through… Read more »

HMRC abuse of power under spotlight

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Recent hearings of the Lords Select Committee looked at perceived abuse of HMRC’s tax collecting powers. The investigation is part of the Finance Bill Sub-Committee’s inquiry into the draft Finance Bill of 2018. Many of the tax experts who examined HMRC’s approach to tax collection presented evidence that the organisation had abused its powers. The tax experts provided an opinion… Read more »

CEST assessment rejected by judge

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Contractor Tony Elbourn can look to reclaim thousands of overpaid taxes after proving that he was working outside IR35. An employment tribunal heard Mr Elbourn’s case and ruled that he was self-employed. The decision came about from the contractor disputing his classification of being inside IR35 by HMRC’s CEST tool. Mr Elbourn originally appealed to the tribunal about an unlawful… Read more »

Agent Services Accounts

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Making Tax Digital for VAT is set to come into force in April 2019. By that time agents will have to have set up Agent Services Accounts. These accounts are what agents will use to access the new online HMRC services that have been developed as part of the MTD programme. In April 2019, ASA will become the portal through… Read more »

VAT repayment proposal on late refunds unfair

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HMRC has announced a proposal to abolish compensation for any delays to VAT refund payments. The move has been called unfair by a chartered body who warned that the move was likely to damage the cashflow of businesses. At present if a firm presents a VAT return to HMRC and the HMRC officials do not process it within 30 days… Read more »

Pressure mounts on government over IR35

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Contractors are increasingly worried about working inside IR35, but it appears that no-one is heeding the call for contractors to be given employment rights. A recent survey by Qdos Contractor showed that 86 percent of those independent workers who took part in the survey wanted employment rights if they were working inside IR35. Many contractors feel that if they are… Read more »