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Using a life insurance trust to maximise payout and reduce tax bills

You need to use a life insurance trust to avoid your family facing significant tax bills on life insurance payouts. Here's how.

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Contractors rarely operate as sole traders

Contractors wanting to work as a sole trader will find agencies and clients won’t work with them. Here's why and the solution.

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Off-Payroll Working: new petition launched to ensure fairness for all workers

Contractors are urged to sign a petition to help prevent irrevocable damage to UK flexible working and ensure fairness for all workers.

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Contractor doctor: can contractors using umbrella companies be caught by IR35?

Does working for an umbrella company enable you to avoid it?

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ContractorCalculator launches Off-Payroll ‘fact pack’ to help contractors inform MPs

ContractorCalculator has published a ‘fact pack’ to help contractors inform MPs of the damaging effects of Off-Payroll and prevent a private sector rollout.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

Government’s Good Work Plan in jeopardy as Off-Payroll tax threatens the low paid

HMRC risks nullifying Government’s Good Work Plan with the Off-Payroll tax, providing exploitative hirers with further leverage over low paid workers.

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10 easy steps to set up a limited company and start contracting

You have several options in setting up a limited company, but it's all easy enough, and most accountants will handle it all for you. Here's how.

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HMRC agrees payout with contractor in landmark employment case

Susan Winchester achieved the settlement after challenging the tax office on its application of employment law after the terms of her contract with the government body were changed.

21 hours ago - Public Sector IR35 Reforms

Taxman’s revelation shines a light on HMRC hypocrisy

There’s no doubt the admission by a senior HMRC official that it allows wealthy and high-profile individuals to avoid prosecution for financial crimes and settle cases out of court will incense the contractor community - a sector under constant pressure with the blunt instrument that is IR35.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - IR35

Christa Ackroyd: Presenter fights on in BBC test case

The BBC is facing more problems over taxation after a presenter who lost a tribunal case against HM Revenue & Customs appealed against the ruling.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 - IR35

TUC: Labour's John McDonnell pledges 'gig economy' rights boost

Labour would extend workers' rights and "restore the balance of power in the workplace", shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 - Other

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Ten key points about off-payroll tax

Whilst the government has been keen to trumpet the success of off-payroll tax in the public sector there are many points to address before the tax is rolled into the private sector.


Self-employed warned over 'tax-avoiding' middle-men offering to increase your take home pay

While there are many compliant umbrella employers operating who provide a valued service with many benefits to the contractor, agencies, and end-clients there are also dodgy firms out there that should be avoided.


Call to all self-employed workers to sign petition to protect their rights

Appeal to self-employed to sign petition to protect their rights


BBC presenter tax case 'only win for HMRC in a decade'

Contractors suspected of being “false employees” win the vast majority of tax tribunal cases brought against them – raising further questions over the taxman’s ability to enforce the rules accurately.


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