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Legal analysis shows why HMRC is wrong about blanket assessments

HMRC comments that encourage a blanket approach to IR35 status assessments under the Off-Payroll rules are legally flawed, says Martyn Valentine.


BBC refutes Treasury claim it was satisfied CEST was accurate

BBC has shared fresh evidence documenting its implementation of the Off-Payroll regime, quashing Treasury claims that it was satisfied with CEST’s accuracy.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

HMRC still conducted no formal testing of CEST, two years on from its release

CEST is yet to undergo any formal testing and hasn’t been assessed to ensure it adheres to Government standards, two years on from its initial launch.


Off-Payroll (IR35) small company’s exemption fraught with difficulty, says JSA

Proposals to introduce a small company exemption to the Off-Payroll rules in the private sector pose numerous problems, says Chris James of JSA.


BBC chiefs pin problems on CEST after hundreds suffered unjust tax bills

CEST was exposed as the cause of the BBC tax saga at a PAC meeting yesterday, having changed the employment status of hundreds of presenters overnight.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

Why I quit contracting: the human impact of the IR35 changes

More than a year ahead of the proposed implementation date, the Off-Payroll rules are placing contractors under financial and mental strain.


Role-based blanket IR35 assessments are unlawful and highly risky

IR35 blanket assessments based on assessing roles are unlawful and present huge risk, yet HMRC still encourages their adoption.


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Thousands of workers hit with massive tax avoidance bills

The 2019 loan charge means ill-advised IT and NHS contractors face staggering bills from HMRC

13 hours ago - Tax Issues

BBC director general Tony Hall apologises to stars over tax

The BBC director general has said sorry to presenters who are facing big tax bills after being given no choice about changes to the way they were employed.

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 - IR35

Living in the shadow of a tax scandal

MPs battle with HMRC over plight of 100,000 contractors caught up in ‘unfair’ tax avoidance crackdown

Sun, 27 Jan 2019 - Other

Many caught in tax avoidance scheme await final settlement

Around 60% of people affected yet to receive calculations from HMRC

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 - Tax Issues

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Blanket IR35 assessments are smothering the UK’s flexible resource

Under the new Off-Payroll reforms blanket assessments are dangerous and damaging for UK contractors.

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