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£15k tribunal award to contractor signals trouble for IR35 extension
An employment tribunal ruling, in which an individual received £15,000 from his would-be employer, bears significance ahead of HMRC’s proposed IR35 extension.

Lords call for HMRC Powers Review as Loan Charge is slammed
A Lords report has slammed the taxman’s efforts tackling tax avoidance and evasion, recommending an independent body is formed to prevent HMRC abuse.

85 MPs risk losing seats over Off-Payroll (IR35)
85 MPs risk losing their seats in Parliament if they fail to lend backing to the self-employed over Off-Payroll, ContractorCalculator research reveals.

ContractorCalculator sounds Off-Payroll IR35 campaigning alarm for sector
Contractors are being urged to fight the Off-Payroll rules, amid warnings that the contracting industry is sleepwalking towards disaster.

Did HMRC attempt to conceal admission of IR35 non-compliance caused by Off-Payroll?
HMRC has been accused of deceiving Government after the discovery of an email in which it expresses concern over non-compliance with Off-Payroll.

NAO report exposes Off-Payroll (IR35) chaos within the BBC
Hundreds of BBC broadcasters appear to have been forced into false employment by HMRC following the Off-Payroll rules, an NAO report reveals.

Updated IR35 factsheet launched to debunk more Government falsehoods
ContractorCalculator has launched an updated version of its IR35 factsheet to counter spurious claims made by the Treasury following last week’s Budget.

HMRC suppresses widespread criticism of CEST, but is still going to fix it
Contractors are encouraged to challenge CEST assessments, after HMRC vowed to fix its flawed status tool before introducing Off-Payroll to the private sector.

Latest IR35 Forum minutes confirm HMRC plans to attempt to fix CEST
HMRC has confirmed plans to attempt to fix CEST in the latest IR35 Forum minutes, in response to numerous concerns raised in the Off-Payroll consultation.

HMRC glosses over Off-Payroll (IR35) consultation responses in new publication
HMRC published its summary of responses to the Off-Payroll consultation following Monday’s Budget, ignoring many serious concerns shared by respondents.

Budget 2019: Off-Payroll IR35 reforms to be extended to private sector in April 2020
The Chancellor has announced the Off-Payroll rules will hit the private sector in April 2020, with the full impact of the public sector damage yet to be realised.

The April 2019 Loan Charge - Ultimate contractor guide
Find out what the April 2019 is, whether it affects you, and what you should do NOW to mitigate the impact on you.

HMRC abuse of power under the spotlight in Lords Inquiry
A recent Lords Inquiry has yielded damning evidence suggesting that HMRC’s approach to tax collection is an abuse of power.

CEST assessment rejected by judge as contractor reclaims unlawfully deducted tax
A judge has ruled a CEST assessment to be incorrect after a contractor went to an employment tribunal to prove their IR35 status and reclaim overpaid tax.

HMRC 'witch hunt' seeks names and addresses of contractors operating outside IR35
HMRC has asked public sector bodies to provide the names and addresses of contractors working outside of IR35, within what it bills a compliance check.

Leaked HMRC webinar suggests taxman has misled the NHS on IR35
Misguided advice issued by HMRC to the NHS during an IR35 webinar has prompted concerns that Trustees are misclassifying locums as 'deemed employees'.

IR35: ContractorCalculator publishes summary of responses to Off-Payroll consultation
ContractorCalculator has published its own summary of Off-Payroll consultation responses, to better inform the public and MPs on attitudes toward HMRC’s proposals.

Hirers face huge rights claims pay-outs after inside IR35 contractor legal settlement
Hirers, agencies and clients forcing contractors inside IR35 following Off-Payroll face huge employment rights claims after a significant legal settlement.

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.

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.

CEST does not provide certainty or reasonable care, says ex-HMRC tax inspector
CEST doesn’t constitute reasonable care, meaning hirers who use it to assess IR35 status retain the tax risk, warns ex-HMRC inspector Philip Manley.

CEST was not formally assessed under Governments own standards, reveals FOI
Despite impacting thousands of tax payers, HMRC’s online tool CEST was not formally assessed under the Government Digital Services standards.

CEST exposed as hopelessly unreliable using HMRC's own test data obtained via FOI
CEST is exposed as hopelessly unreliable, after HMRC’s own test data obtained by FOI and used to back accuracy claims is shown to be incorrect.

CEST only asks a fraction of questions usually posed during an HMRC inquiry
CEST asks between four and 16 questions; just a fraction of the number of questions usually posed to a contractor during an HMRC IR35 inquiry.

Off-Payroll (IR35): 84% of perceived tax avoided is by hirers, reveals HMRC examples
HMRC’s own Off-Payroll consultation shows that 84% of its perceived tax shortfall from non-compliance is due from the hirer, not the contractor.

The new Off-Payroll tax – coming to the private sector and killing business
HMRC is attempting to introduce an Off-Payroll tax to the private sector, to be paid by firms engaging contractors, many of whom don’t even realise.

HMRC dismisses IR35 forums members views and courts on laws omitted from CEST
HMRC’s view remains unchanged over its omission of case law from CEST and dismisses the compelling evidence put forward by IR35 Forum Members.

How contractors can and should use a limited company if inside Off-Payroll (IR35)
Limited companies remain advantageous for contractors caught by the Off-Payroll rules, once they have overcome the accounting challenges posed.

HMRC new Paper on Mutuality of Obligation incorrectly defines MOO, invalidating CEST
HMRC’s Paper on Mutuality of Obligation for the IR35 Forum incorrectly defines a key element of employment law that the taxman is supposed to enforce.

10 times HMRC used propaganda to mislead MPs and the public on IR35
HMRC has long used propaganda to fuel its agenda when it comes to IR35. Here are 10 instances where the taxman has attempted to mislead MPs.

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