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Dave's Blog

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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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.

Last April | 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.

Last March | 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.

Last March | 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.

Last February | 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.

Last January | 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

Making Tax Digital – does Government know business tax is not just ‘clicking send’?

Making Tax Digital shows a terrifying lack of knowledge about business taxation – surely someone in Government knows it’s more than ‘clicking send’?

Others | Mon, 11 Jan 2016

Contractors forced into PAYE after one month would kill the collaborative economy

Contractors and freelancers forced onto their clients’ payrolls after only one month would spell an end to Outsourcing 2.0’s collaborative economy.

Others | Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Contractors deliver vital skills on a contingent basis; employing them would be daft

Contractors aren’t needed all of the time, and although the ‘one month’ proposal failed to appear in the Autumn Statement, Government needs reminding.

Others | Thu, 17 Dec 2015

IR35 change is still coming for contractors, despite Autumn Statement silence

IR35 will be reformed and contractors will be affected, despite the Chancellor George Osborne’s silence during his Autumn Statement 2015.

Others | Mon, 30 Nov 2015

HMRC’s new strategy is a warning for contractors: get your tax affairs in order

HMRC has a new strategy that places high earning contractors right in the centre of its sights – it’s time to make sure your tax affairs are in order.

Others | Tue, 17 Nov 2015