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HMRC Notes are not Tablets of Stone, unless left unchallenged

The recently dismissed IR35 appeal in the Upper-Tier Tax Tribunal highlights the crucial importance of the fact-finding at FTT.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

IR35: Northern Lights v HMRC (UT) – IT contractor appeal dismissed by Upper Tribunal

HMRC’s victory at UTT is a warning not to rely on unexercised substitution clauses and to ensure working practices facts are communicated at FTT.

|IR35

Professional Passport leads supply-chain compliance discussion with new report

Professional Passport publishes report laying down a pragmatic path to supply chain compliance. But, will HMRC listen?

|Other

Amendments tabled to Finance Bill to “curb or kill” umbrella companies

The amendments tabled by senior Conservative MPs seek to combat malpractice and reduce tax avoidance and evasion of potentially over £1bn per year.

|Other

Employment Tribunal awards contractor furloughed holiday pay

A recent Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling could be a significant case for contractors that have had holiday pay withheld during furlough.

|Other

Gary Lineker under HMRCs IR35 radar for £4.9 million

HMRC pursues presenter Gary Lineker for £4.9m in back taxes and NICs under IR35, despite his likely status of being in-business on his own account.

|IR35

Contractors encouraged to weigh up risk and reward of ‘outside IR35’ indemnities

Indemnities could help contractors secure ‘outside IR35’ contracts, providing they take care to ensure Off-Payroll compliance and mitigate their risk.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Other Contracting News

HMRC denies misleading MPs over tax avoidance by its contractors

Commons report claimed tax agency put its reputation ‘ahead of telling the truth’ about loan arrangement schemes

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Mind the ‘IR35 bogeyman’

Agencies have nothing to fear.

Tue, 02 Feb 2021 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Zurich Insurance under fire over contractor blanket ban

Decision raises eyebrows given the firms insures off-payroll workers against IR35-related investigations.

Mon, 01 Feb 2021 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

HMRC must take tough action against loan scheme promoters, says House of Lords committee

HMRC must place a priority on taking tough action against a “hard core” of tax avoidance scheme promoters

Mon, 04 Jan 2021 - Loan Charge

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Recent Media Coverage

Business Express

The 5-step plan to hiring contractors under Off-Payroll

Under the new Off-Payroll rules, a compliance-led approach is the only way for firms to ensure they are best placed to choose from the front of the talent queue and access the best contracting talent they need.

Staffing Industry News

IT contractor loses appeal against HMRC in IR35 case

The UK Upper Tribunal dismissed an appeal made by an IT contractor against HMRC in an IR35 case.

The Register

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges

An IT contractor has lost an appeal which found he was an employee in the eyes of HMRC, with the judges agreeing he fell under the new IR35 off-payroll tax rules.

Computer Weekly

IR35: MPs urged to back ‘curb or kill’ umbrella company-focused Finance Bill amendments

MPs are being urged to vote in favour of two proposed amendments to the incoming Finance Bill that are intended to stamp out malpractice among unregulated umbrella company operators.

Financial Times

Disputes loom over contractors’ status after IR35 reforms

Nearly two-thirds of contractors have been classified as "employed for tax purposes" since changes to the off-payroll working rules were introduced in April.

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