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Questions remain over umbrella worker support entitlement under JRS

Industry stakeholders have called for clarity on the JRS amid concern that umbrella workers will only receive an entitlement based on an NMW pay rate.

|Contractor umbrellas companies

HMRC continues to hide CEST test data

HMRC’s test data for CEST has again been found wanting, with the taxman failing to publish the test input necessary to ascertain the tool’s accuracy.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Contractors assessed ‘inside IR35’ could claim rights under AWR, says lawyer

Contractors subject to blanket ‘inside IR35’ assessments have a strong case for rights under the Agency Workers Regulations, says Martyn Valentine.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

COVID-19: Limited company contractors excluded from self-employed support package

Limited company contractors are excluded from measures unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to support the UK’s self-employed through COVID-19.


COVID-19 should forever kill HMRC’s bulls**t concept of ‘deemed employment’

COVID-19 has laid bare the flaws and anomalies within Government’s treatment of the self-employed, in particular the notion of ‘deemed employment’.

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IR35 & Off-Payroll – explained: essential compliance guidance - new book OUT NOW

IR35 & Off-Payroll – explained, a comprehensive 300-page compliance guide for the entire contractor supply chain, is available on Amazon now.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

COVID-19: Contractors and the Job Retention Scheme

Contractors unable to work may be able to secure relief courtesy of the Job Retention Scheme or a proposed equivalent measure for the self-employed.


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Creative Industry Freelancers Fear Ineligibility To U.K. Government Schemes

Freelancers in the creative industries have voiced their concerns on not being able to qualify.

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - Other

Almost half of PAYE freelancers fear they won't be supported by government

Just two per cent of PAYE freelancers have been furloughed by the last company they worked for

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - Other

Creative industries left out of self-employed support

Professionals using limited company structures will not qualify for coronavirus rescue package

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 - Other

Freelancers, self-employed and precarious workers left out of government's emergency package

‘The Chancellor simply doesn’t understand the hardship these workers are in,’ the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union says

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 - Other

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Recent Media Coverage

FT Adviser

Fear for directors left out of govt's income package

Limited company directors may end up falling outside of the government's package of measures to help the self-employed during the Covid-19 lockdown.


HMRC won't hire more staff despite Covid-19 pressure

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said it is not currently increasing its staff recruitment, despite being burdened with a number of new responsibilities as part of the government’s plan to help businesses and the self-employed through Covid-19.

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Business and self-employed set to “suffer irreparably” due to new Off-Payroll Tax

A total of 12,327 contractors have responded to the largest survey of its kind, conducted by contracting authority ContractorCalculator, to understand the consequences of the Conservative Party’s new tax on the self-employed, colloquially known as the Off-Payroll Tax.

Computer Weekly

Coronavirus: IT contractors ‘left stranded’ by exclusion from support for self-employed

IT contractors who provide services through their own limited companies will not be able to access government scheme to support self-employed through coronavirus outbreak.


Self-employed told ‘help is coming’ as Rishi Sunak sparks fury with benefits for employed

Millions of self-employed people left behind in the coronavirus crisis were handed a lifeline yesterday as Ministers promised "help is coming".

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