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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.


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

Loan Charge APPG report calls on Government to address contractor exploitation

The Loan Charge APPG has published a report urging Government to address the exploitation of contractors in non-compliant supply chains.

|Loan Charge

HMRC report fails to vindicate Off-Payroll extension

HMRC’s insubstantial report into the long-term effects of the Off-Payroll rules has prompted questions over the timing of the private sector rollout.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

BBC Moneybox exposes FCSA umbrella accused of withholding £000’s from contractors

An FCSA-accredited umbrella company has been accused of withholding thousands of pounds in holiday pay, BBC Radio 4’s Moneybox programme reports.


Off-Payroll rules: Beware the disguised remuneration operators

Professional Passport CEO Crawford Temple explains how contractors can identify and protect themselves from disguised remuneration schemes.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

How could Atholl House and Uber tribunal decisions affect IR35?

Two recent tribunal decisions involving presenter Kaye Adams and ride-hailing app Uber could bear significant repercussions for IR35.


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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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Mini-umbrella companies set up to avoid tax

Around 48,000 mini-umbrella companies (MUC) have been created in the past five years in a bid to reduce the tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) paid by recruitment agencies.

Computer Weekly

HMRC facing calls to do more to tackle mini umbrella fraud in wake of BBC investigation

Contracting stakeholders are calling on HMRC to take more ‘visible action’ against mini umbrella companies, after a BBC Radio 4 File on 4 report claimed the UK is losing ‘hundreds of millions’ in tax each year through these firms.


IR35: Filipino umbrella companies are costing UK taxpayers 'millions' - HMRC urged to act

Today, the BBC reported that more than 40,000 people from the Philippines have been recruited to front British companies as part of mini umbrella companies (MUCs) that are costing the UK millions in lost taxes.

The Times

Game on as taxman goes after Gary Lineker for £5 million

Gary Lineker, the television presenter and former England footballer, is being pursued for £4.9 million in tax and national insurance in the most high-profile battle so far between HMRC and celebrities over their employment status.

Evening Standard

Gary Lineker in £5 million tax battle with HMRC over freelance earnings

Gary Lineker is embroiled in a tax battle with HMRC over his freelance earnings.

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