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Dave Chaplin, CEO of Contractor Calculator, started working in the City of London in 1994 and became a contractor in 1997. He has consulted for blue-chip firms including Cable & Wireless, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. After eight years contracting, Dave left contracting to focus full time on ContractorCalculator.

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HMRC’s IR35 tool creates more chaos as contractor clients and agencies lose trust

Contractors are abandoning the public sector, decimating projects as clients and agencies lose trust in HMRC’s flawed IR35 tool. Find out why.

Last month | Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Are public sector contractors to have their La-La Land moment with the IR35 reforms?

HMRC’s IR35 tool indicates that either it's not working, or it’s not fit for purpose. A La-La Land moment for public sector contractors?

Last February | Tue, 28 Feb 2017

IR35 is here for the long-haul, suggests Government report

IR35 looks to be staying for years to come after a BEIS review indicated changes to the employment status framework would take years of planning.

Last February | Mon, 20 Feb 2017

HMRC’s new IR35 guidance implies simplicity where there is chaos

HMRC’s latest guidance seems to suggest that adoption of the public sector IR35 reform will be straightforward. Here’s why it will be anything but.

Last February | Thu, 09 Feb 2017

Public sector bodies begin fightback against draconian IR35 reform

Two months to the IR35 reform, public sector bodies are taking drastic measures to hold onto their contractors and avoid jeopardising projects.

Last February | Mon, 06 Feb 2017

IR35 reforms: HMRC’s tool could mean wholesale stitch up of contractors

Forcing public sector clients to use the taxman’s inadequate IR35 tool risks pushing thousands of legitimate contractors into false employment.

Last December | Wed, 07 Dec 2016

Uber ruling opinion: gig workers need rights, but don't hurt genuinely self-employed

The Uber tribunal could shift public policy benefitting those who work in the gig economy. But hopefully it won't damage the contracting sector.

Last November | Wed, 02 Nov 2016

Contractors need to lobby their MPs to avoid impending IR35 disaster

HMRC aren’t listening to experts and claim they can achieve the impossible with an online IR35 tool. Contractors need to start fighting back now.

Last July | Thu, 28 Jul 2016

IR35 public sector consultation does not mean the end of limited company contracting

HMRC’s IR35 public sector consultation is not the end of limited companies, as the drivers for flexible working and incorporation are still growing.

Last June | Wed, 29 Jun 2016

Contractors can make Brexit work: unleash, don’t shackle the UK’s flexible workforce

Contractors are well positioned to underpin plans to make Brexit work, but only if regulatory attacks stop and there is a plan in place to implement.

Last June | Tue, 28 Jun 2016

HMRC guidance doesn’t always align with tax law

HMRC guidance – and even its legislation – can often prove wrong or misleading, and contractors should be careful not to always take it at face value.

Last June | Wed, 08 Jun 2016

Contractors driving IT innovation deserve more Government backing

IT contractors are boosting the economy by delivering innovation across multiple sectors, and so deserve more Government recognition and support.

Last June | Mon, 06 Jun 2016

HMRC’s tactic of turning advisers into tax spies could backfire

HMRC’s plans to turn tax advisers into tax avoidance spies could reap unwanted results, generating more non-compliance and more work for the taxman.

Last May | Tue, 17 May 2016

Cameron and the Conservatives are hardly contractors’ friends

David Cameron and the Tories are hardly contractors’ friends, as shown by the excessive regulation the contingent workforce now has to endure.

Last May | Thu, 12 May 2016

Freelance lobby groups should promote different measures to the use of contractors

Freelance lobby groups should encourage policymakers to consider the differing profiles of contractors, to help bring about a change in thinking.

Others | Tue, 19 Apr 2016

IR35 rule changes mean public sector contractor costs could rise by 23%

IR35 rule changes for the public sector mean Government – not contractors – could be left out of pocket resulting from miscalculations and oversights.

Others | Tue, 22 Mar 2016

Tax avoidance review: HMRC should focus on the cause, not the symptom

HMRC and the Treasury should focus more on supporting compliant taxpayers with less complicated tax policy, and less on punishing non-compliance.

Others | Wed, 16 Mar 2016

Self-Employment Review: why defining self-employment plays into the taxman’s hands

Contractors could potentially have to deal with tax hikes if Self-Employment Review recommendations to legally define self-employment are acted upon.

Others | Tue, 23 Feb 2016

Public sector contractor rises are workforce innovation, not poor workforce planning

Public sector contractor numbers are increasing due to workforce innovation and not from poor workforce planning, as the Government believes.

Others | Wed, 27 Jan 2016

Contracting and experts – don’t create barriers against the ‘gig economy’, promote it

Contracting is increasingly an active career choice for people who want to be experts at what they enjoy doing. Don’t resist this trend – promote it.

Others | Wed, 20 Jan 2016