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Contractors face 47% tax rise with new income shifting proposal

ContractorCalculator, the largest independent website specialising in the contacting industry with 80,000 viewers, has calculated that the tax bill for contractors could rise as much as 47% when the new income shifting proposals from the Treasury are passed into law.

A customised calculator for small businesses to determine income loss due to this measure will be available shortly on our website.

Our expert, Dave Chaplin, provides the following example:

Nina and Charlie are spouses, and Nina plays the 'major role' in the business as defined by the Treasury. They both pay themselves a salary of £6k net per annum, to take advantage of their tax allowances.

Their gross revenue is £87,244.

Their expenses are salaries (£12K) and employers NI (£244) on salaries. They have no other expenses and make a profit before taxes of £75,000.

Based on the breakdown below, their taxes rise 47% based on the Treasury's income shifting model.

Dave Chaplin comments: 'the measure will be impossible to apply in practice, as it calls for the valuation of each partner's contribution. There is no exact accounting technique for this purpose.

Worse, it is difficult to see how the UK can maintain its flexible workforce if contractors are made to suffer in this way. Most other countries allow husband and wife to divide up income in this way. It's a way to encourage the survival of small business. The Government does not seem to consider our survival important.'

For more expert comment on this issue, please contact Dave Chaplin on 0871 218 5152 or at

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Published: 27 October 2008

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