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ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 23/Sep/2011
News this week includes Scottish contractor demand; PCG survey results; demand data for interims; plus HMRC reveals ‘tax gap’ and increases fines.

Contractors are bolstering their IR35 defences with lessons from new online IR35 Test
Contractors taking ContractorCalculator’s free online IR35 Test are successfully overcoming everyday IR35 challenges, explains Seb Maley of Qdos.

Contractor demand sustained in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK
Contractor demand in Scotland rose “markedly” in August, with a small increase in rates, according to the Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs for August.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 16/Sep/2011
News this week includes HMRC IR35 helpline fail; tax & banking reform; short-term pain for IT contractors; confidence yo-yos; & flat-rate VAT update.

Contractors shun HMRC’s IR35 helpline in favour of employment law and tax experts
Contractors clearly don’t trust HMRC’s IR35 advice, judging by the low number of calls to its IR35 helpline revealed by our freedom of info’ request.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 09/Sep/2011
News this week includes No10 AWR ‘review’ and survey; contract market stats; HMRC exempt from red tape ban; and new tool to find high-growth clients.

Agency Workers Regulations: 51% of contractors have never heard of them – new survey
With less than a month to go before AWR takes effect, a ContractorCalculator survey reveals that 51% of contractors have never heard of the new regs.

UK jobs market “incredibly resilient”: contract hiring growth led by IT & engineering
Contracting continues to grow, driven by new client projects and a preference for ‘temp to perm’ recruitment, says the new REC/KPMG Report on Jobs.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 02/Sep/2011
News this week includes clients to keep hiring despite AWR; interim role opportunities; HMRC mileage rates; oil & gas output; & IT investment grows.

ContractorCalculator Market Report September 2011
Contracting maintains its lead over the mainstream labour market, & contractors may find an unexpected market close to home – other micro businesses.

ContractorCalculator Whitepaper: IR35 - Better administration or enforcement?
The “better administration” of IR35 promised to contractors by Chancellor George Osborne can in practice only mean "better enforcement".

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 26/Aug/2011
News this week includes new HMRC warning on disguised remuneration; LibDem call to suspend IR35; Hays reveals contractors’ pay; and investing in gold.

HMRC signals new direct attack on contractors, citing disguised remuneration
HMRC has promised to challenge schemes that are being marketed to contractors as a way of getting around new disguised remuneration rules.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 19/Aug/2011
News this week includes financial sector downbeat; IT workers top 1 million; business confidence falls; HMRC prosecutions: & Time to Pay stats cease.

UK’s 1 million+ IT contractors and permies make up 4% of workforce, an all-time high
The UK’s IT workforce has reached an all-time high of 1.093m workers, accounting for 4% of the total, says e-skills UK.

Umbrella company contractors to reap multiple benefits from Agency Workers Regs (AWR)
Contractor umbrella solutions providers will enter a new era that should benefit contractors once the Agency Workers Regulations come into force.

IT contractors lead demand leagues in Scotland, where contract rates continue to rise
IT contractors, and their permanent counterparts, lead the demand tables in Scotland, according to July’s Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 12/Aug/2011
News this week includes ongoing IT & engineering contractor demand; a potential new member of the FCSA; & US contractors to dominate workforce.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 05/Aug/2011
News this week includes Primary Path ruling; HMRC admits poor IR35 targeting; demand growth in IT and engineering; & latest tax proposals from OTS.

Contracting and AWR: formal guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations from BIS
Contractors can use the guidance from BIS to help determine if AWR applies. This guidance offers useful examples of which contractors may be in scope.

Primary Path IR35 case: HMRC was predestined to lose case offering important lessons
Contractor Phil Winfield of Primary Path was so obviously a genuine contractor and outside IR35 that HMRC was bound to lose, shows the Judge’s ruling.

Contracting and AWR: trading options for contractors when AWR comes into force
Contractors who wish to trade without the rights offered by AWR and as a genuine business undertaking can choose from a number of trading options.

ContractorCalculator Market Report August 2011
Contracting is pulling ahead of the mainstream labour market as demand for IT, engineering and interim management contractors continues unabated.

IR35 Forum: HMRC admits using “less refined” IR35 targeting criteria in the past
HMRC admits to the IR35 Forum that when targeting contractors for IR35 investigations it has “adopted less refined selection criteria than used now.”

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 29/Jul/2011
News this week includes warning over ‘IR35 friendly’ contracts; BN66 appeal rejected; HMRC customer service scores; & retail demands IT contractors.

Supreme Court Autoclenz ruling confirms ‘sham’ contracts can’t disguise employment
Contractors can’t use ‘sham’ contracts to create a business-to-business relationship that in reality does not exist, confirms the Autoclenz ruling.

Contracting and AWR: who will be in AWR’s scope and what rights they will receive
Contractors will be affected by the Agency Workers Regulations, either because they are in its scope or because they have to prove they are out of it.

Contractors face retrospective taxation by HMRC as BN66 appeal unanimously rejected
Contractors face retrospective taxation by HMRC for participation in offshore tax schemes as the Court of Appeal unanimously rejects the BN66 appeal.

Contractors are key enablers of enterprise, entrepreneurship and growth, MPs told
Contractors are vital to the health of the UK economy, according to studies presented to MPs, but further research is needed into contracting sectors.

ContractorCalculator: Contracting news in brief - 22/Jul/2011
News this week includes Marlen case ruling; HMRC cuts will affect contractors; Scottish IT contractor demand; PCG report targets MPs; & late payment.

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