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HMRC’s defence of CEST ‘akin to climate change denial’ says ContractorCalculator

In an open letter, ContractorCalculator CEO Dave Chaplin has accused HMRC of denial over the number of contractors forced ‘inside IR35’ by CEST.


Launch of the Stop The Off-Payroll Tax campaign

The campaign is calling on the Government to drop these damaging plans – and instead launch a review of the IR35 legislation.

|IR35 Campaign

Early Day Motion opposing new Off-Payroll Tax tabled in Parliament

Contractors are urged to encourage their MPs to sign an Early Day Motion opposing plans to extend the Off-Payroll tax to the private sector.


CEST caused 98% and 87% ‘deemed employee’ rates at Met Office and CCS, FOIs reveal

FOIs reveal more absurdly high ‘deemed employee’ rates produced by CEST for contractors assessed by both the Met Office and Crown Commercial Service.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

98% of HS2 contractors deemed ‘inside IR35’ as FOI suggests Off-Payroll non-compliance

98% of IR35 assessments conducted by HS2 in 2018 deemed the contractor caught by the Off-Payroll rules, suggesting further public sector non-compliance.


Unlawful Network Rail blanket approach finds 99% of workers inside IR35, reveals FOI

99% of Network Rail contractors have been deemed caught by the Off-Payroll rules as a result of unlawful blanket assessments encouraged by HMRC.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

‘Pass-the-parcel’ Off-Payroll plans are burdensome and unnecessary, says tax expert

HMRC’s Off-Payroll proposals to impose compliance responsibilities and tax risk on all supply chain members are unnecessary, warns David Kirk.


Other Contracting News

KPMG urges the oil and gas industry to plan ahead for changes to IR35

The most significant impact of the proposed changes to IR35 will be the increased costs that these changes are anticipated to bring.

Mon, 20 May 2019 - IR35

Chancellor accused of lying to MPs over controversial loan charge

A claim has been called an outright lie by campaigners, and Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the APPG panel.

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 - Other

HMRC blitzes BBC presenters with IR35 tax demands

Accountants have reported that BBC presenters have recently received PAYE regulation 80 determinations demanding PAYE and NIC from their personal service companies.

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - IR35

MPs call for delay to loan charge over alleged ‘cover up’ by HMRC

Damning report by parliamentary group accuses tax officials of not acting quickly enough.

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 - Tax Issues

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HMRC compared to climate change denialists in IR35 row

As the private sector consultation nears its end, with time running down for contractors and recruiters to have their say on rules being expanded from the public sector in April 2020, HMRC and the treasury continue to defend a flawed tool.


More 'unfeasibly high' inside IR35 status assessments

IR35 status assessments conducted by both the Met Office and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have delivered 'unfeasibly high' inside IR35 or 'deemed employee’ status for contractors since the introduction of the public sector 'Off-Payroll' rules.


Use of HMRC’s CEST tool by Met Office and CCS criticised by contracting body

Further concerns have been raised over the accuracy of HM Revenue & Customs’ Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool.

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Fresh HMRC tax crackdown on freelance contractors

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HMRC loses tax case against ‘Loose Women’ presenter

Kaye Adams, presenter of the television show Loose Women, has become the latest broadcaster to win a case against HM Revenue & Customs over her employment status.

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