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Treasury Committee report threatens tax raid on UK’s self-employed

A Government inquiry seeking ways to mitigate the financial damage caused by Covid appears to propose a tax raid on the UK’s self-employed.

|Tax Issues

BREAKING NEWS: Kaye Adams IR35 ruling stands as Tribunal dismisses HMRC appeal

HMRC’s appeal against presenter Kaye Adams’ 2019 IR35 tribunal victory has been dismissed by the Upper Tribunal.

|IR35

Supreme Court Uber decision good for gig economy but offers little for contractors

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision to assign ‘worker’ status to two former Uber drivers in a significant outcome for the gig economy.

|Other

How managed payroll services help agencies meet Off-Payroll obligations

Agencies required to run a payroll for contractors affected by the Off-Payroll rules could realise substantial benefits from outsourcing.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Five questions to ask agencies about ‘inside IR35’ contracts

Contractors considering working ‘inside IR35’ under Off-Payroll should ask questions of the agency to seek important clarifications.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

What is a Key Information Document (KID)?

Contractors working ‘inside IR35’ under the Off-Payroll rules should expect to receive a KID from their agency at the beginning of each engagement.

|Contracting

Contracting termination clauses that avoid IR35 risk

The termination clause in a contract can result in a ruling going either way.

|IR35

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

Computer Weekly

IR35 private sector reforms: Royal Mail contractors ‘frustrated’ by tax status test regime

Royal Mail contractors are ‘frustrated’ by the lack of transparency over their changing tax status, as the company confirms it is moving those ‘likely to be’ inside IR35 onto PAYE working arrangements.

Express

Tax after Covid: Treasury Committee calls for the 'three person problem' to end - be aware

Tax reform will likely be on the agenda in the coming days as Rishi Sunak lays out his Spring Budget and looks beyond the pandemic.

Personnel Today

Budget March 2021: Tax rises not ruled out

Last week, the House of Commons Treasury Committee published a report on ‘Tax after Coronavirus’, looking at potential avenues for adjusting the tax system to support public services while acknowledging that high levels of support are still needed.

Computer Weekly

IR35 private sector reforms: Argos to offshore work of digital team in Milton Keynes to Mumbai

Retailer Argos confirms it has ‘identified opportunities’ to offshore tasks performed by its digital team, while its IR35 compliance strategy has seen the majority of contractors declared in-scope of the new rules, sources claim.

The Independent

No support for the self-employed? No change there

A difficult year for freelancers has highlighted the importance of looking to the future as well and taking steps to protect income and opportunities.

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