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£8m tax windfall awaits HS2 suppliers after HMRC legislative blunder

HS2 annual accounts reveal £9.5m worth of tax errors made when implementing the IR35 reforms, which could bizarrely mean a Treasury loss of up to £8m due to legislative hole.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Government 4-year deliberation on employment status yields nothing

After 162 responses spent 4-years at the back of a digital cupboard going out of date, the Government finally dusted them off and decided to do nothing. Zilch. Ditto.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Third IR35 case involving BSkyB dismissed at FTT - Alan Parry Productions Ltd

The FTT has not upheld a third IR35 tribunal decision regarding commentator services provided to BSkyB.

|IR35

Fresh evidence exposes fundamental flaws in HMRC IR35 CEST Tool

A recent webinar proves HMRC's IR35 tool rarely conducts multi-factorial assessments for "Outside IR35" determinations, putting clients in danger.

|IR35

Structural problems remain with IR35, says Public Accounts Committee

Public Accounts Committee report says “widespread non-compliance” with IR35 tax reforms in central government departments is “not acceptable”.

|IR35

Major loss for HMRC after Atholl House Court of Appeal ruling

HMRC suffered a huge IR35 blow at the Court of Appeal after the three judges unanimously rejected their primary ground of appeal, despite the case now being remitted back to the UT.

|IR35

IR35 & Off-payroll – what does the future hold for contractors?

What seems like a relentless attack by HMRC on the contracting community is unlikely to work, says Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator.

|Dave's Blog

Other Contracting News

HMRC must end the witch-hunt and scrap the worst tax law of all time

Freelancers are suffering for no benefit to themselves or the taxman

Mon, 01 Aug 2022 - IR35

Absurd tax rules must be scrapped before HMRC claims any more victims

Presenter Kaye Adams has been caught in an increasingly expensive legal merry-go-round

Tue, 17 May 2022 - IR35

IR35: fundamental problems remain, says ICAEW

Tax Faculty recommends restricting or removing fiscal incentives to arbitrage employment status.

Tue, 17 May 2022 - IR35

Contractors in UK can escape tax if new hiring rules are misapplied

HMRC admits that freelancers are eligible to reclaim all tax paid under IR35 regime if hirers misclassify them

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

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High Speed 2 faces £9.2 million tax bill over IR35 errors

High Speed 2 (HS2) is facing a £9.5 million tax bill, for errors made when implementing the off-payroll IR35 reforms.

The Global Recruiter

High Speed Tax Bill

HS2 is facing a £9.5m tax bill, for breaching legislation which its deputy chair, ex-HMRC CEO Sir Jon Thompson, brought in at HMRC.

Londonlovesbusiness

HS2 is facing a £9.5m tax bill, for breaching legislation

HS2 has recently published its annual report and accounts for 2021-2022. In it, HS2 admits that £9.5m has been set aside for getting tax status determinations wrong under the Off-payroll working rules (commonly referred to as “IR35”).

Computer Weekly

Government slammed for slow response to IR35-related consultation on zero-rights employees

The government has taken four years to publish its response to a three-month consultation on whether employment status and tax laws should be more closely aligned, and concluded that now is not the right time to make any changes.

Financial Times

HMRC victory in Alan Parry tax case raises uncertainty for freelance workers

Contracts between freelance workers and their employers will come under renewed scrutiny by HM Revenue & Customs after Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry lost an appeal against a £356,000 tax bill.

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