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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.

Dave has consulted with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs on the future of IR35 and on tax simplification. He also participates in industry-shaping roundtable events and continues to influence the next generation of contractors on successful contracting.

Recent Items

Firms who act early should not fear the Off-Payroll reforms

Firms shouldn’t panic about the introduction of the Off-Payroll reforms, providing they implement compliance practices well in advance of April 2020.

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How Off-Payroll toxifies relationships between business, agencies and the self-employed

Due to an imbalance of power and rife non-compliance, the Off-Payroll rules threaten a breakdown of relationships throughout the supply chain.

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The IR35 (Off-Payroll) landscape for 2019/2020

2019 will be a critical year for IR35 and flexible working in the UK. Contractors need to act now to prevent catastrophic change and preserve their futures.

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The off-payroll tax - what's the latest on IR35?

It’s crazy that almost two decades after the misguided IR35 legislation was introduced in April 2000, it has now been loudly resurrected.

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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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£200m tax reclaim among multiple consequences of HMRC’s malfunctioning CEST tool

HMRC is refusing to acknowledge the facts concerning its flawed CEST tool, when it should be bracing itself for a serious, and costly, fallout.

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HMRC and IR35 have fuelled tax avoidance, which will worsen with Off-Payroll

HMRC’s war on tax avoidance wouldn’t be necessary if it wasn’t for its punitive IR35 regime. Now the Off-Payroll rules look set to make matters worse.

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HMRC to announce legal position on MOO by end of July 2018

CEST and the taxman’s private sector Off-Payroll proposals hang in the balance as HMRC nears its judgement day, where it will finally publish its legal position on MOO.

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HMRC is incapable of implementing and policing the Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

HMRC demonstrated its ineptitude when losing a recent IR35 tribunal case. If the taxman can’t get it right, what chance does the general public have?

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ContractorCalculator’s IR35 campaign reaches Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee

ContractorCalculator’s IR35 campaign secured a massive milestone this week, as HMRC’s Jim Harra was quizzed on CEST’s shortcomings at a PAC meeting.

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76% of PSBs applying blanket rules: why HMRC needs to reconsider IR35 reforms

HMRC will not be able to paper over the cracks exposed in a new FCSA study into IR35. Any attempt to do so would be like putting lipstick on a pig.

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HMRC poised to score spectacular own goal on IR35 reforms

HMRC’s attempts to justify its flawed CEST tool’s approach to IR35 and omission of mutuality of obligation have placed it in a Catch-22 situation.

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IR35 lobbying – Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell is out of touch with reality

Some MPs have demonstrated they don’t have a clue about IR35 or the risks it poses. Help fight IR35 by getting your MP to take note and take action.

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Off-payroll rules (IR35) – is HMRC killing UK plc and voluntary tax compliance?

Wider adoption of the taxman’s flawed IR35 stance could be disastrous for HMRC, undermining voluntary tax compliance and reducing tax collection.

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20 reasons why HMRC should throw in its IR35 towel

HMRC needs to acknowledge and address its IR35 failings before further critical damage is caused to the UK labour market. Here are 20 reasons why.

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Are HMRC one step closer to rolling out the IR35 reforms?

Are their clues in the latest IR35 Forum minutes that indicate HMRC are moving towards a private sector rollout?

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Taylor Review recommendations could make IR35 redundant, but not before big changes

The Taylor Review recommendations could spell the end for IR35, but not before the Government pushes the draconian reforms out to the private sector.

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HMRC claim IR35 tool hits targets despite FOI revealing no data is held to back claim

In one letter to us HMRC claims the tool hits certainty targets of 80%-90%. Yet in an FOI response they claim no such data is held. Cover up?

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HMRC’s ad hominem attacks to defend its failed IR35 tool are disturbing

HMRC’s attack on ContractorCalculator for criticising its tool shows weakness, but also poses concerns about the taxman’s attitude towards IR35.

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10 reasons why the public sector IR35 reforms have been a farce

From its proposal to its implementation, HMRC’s management of the public sector IR35 reforms has been a complete shambles. Here are ten reasons why.

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