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NAO report exposes Off-Payroll (IR35) chaos within the BBC

Hundreds of BBC broadcasters appear to have been forced into false employment by HMRC following the Off-Payroll rules, an NAO report reveals.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

Contractor doctor: can I apply for different contracts with the same agent?

Should you target your CV differently for different roles advertised by the same agent?

|Contractor Doctor Q+A

Updated IR35 factsheet launched to debunk more Government falsehoods

ContractorCalculator has launched an updated version of its IR35 factsheet to counter spurious claims made by the Treasury following last week’s Budget.

|IR35 Campaign

HMRC suppresses widespread criticism of CEST, but is still going to fix it

Contractors are encouraged to challenge CEST assessments, after HMRC vowed to fix its flawed status tool before introducing Off-Payroll to the private sector.

|Public Sector IR35 Reforms

Latest IR35 Forum minutes confirm HMRC plans to attempt to fix CEST

HMRC has confirmed plans to attempt to fix CEST in the latest IR35 Forum minutes, in response to numerous concerns raised in the Off-Payroll consultation.

|IR35

Contractor doctor: are advertised contract rates a good guide to market rates?

Do the advertised market rates give a good indication of rates in the market?

|Contractor Doctor Q+A

HMRC glosses over Off-Payroll (IR35) consultation responses in new publication

HMRC published its summary of responses to the Off-Payroll consultation following Monday’s Budget, ignoring many serious concerns shared by respondents.

|IR35

Other Contracting News

Gig economy workers' rights to be given boost in overhaul

PM targets loophole allowing firms to pay agency workers less than full-time staff

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 - Other

IR35 tax changes: Pay reforms are a risk to freelancers

A government clampdown on the way freelancers are taxed could render them unemployable

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 - IR35

IR35 private sector rollout delayed by chancellor

It was not a decision that many found surprising, but the majority welcomed the chancellor’s decision to delay this measure until April 2020

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 - IR35

BBC ‘should reimburse tax bills’ of presenters forced off payroll

The BBC’s pay policies have been condemned as invidious, deplorable and disgraceful by MPs who are demanding that it pay tens of millions of pounds to presenters it forced off staff contracts.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 - Public Sector IR35 Reforms

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Director of Finance

Hammond’s IR35 reforms meet howls of disapproval from tax experts

Accounting changes will add 10% onto costs of processing contractor payments, Chancellor warned by experts

People Management

Prepare for IR35 crackdown ‘immediately’, experts urge

The private sector will face rising costs, shrinking talent pools, reduced flexibility and legal challenges to status assessments under IR35.

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Chancellor extends off-payroll rules to private sector

The Chancellor has announced his intention to roll-out the Off-Payroll rules to the private sector in April 2020.

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Hammond plans tax crackdown on 'synthetic self-employed'

The Treasury is finalising plans to overhaul tax rules which allow self-employed people to avoid paying national insurance contributions and could announce plans in the forthcoming Budget. The move will be targeted at people who set themselves up as private companies to take on work.

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Self-employed warned over 'tax-avoiding' middle-men offering to increase your take home pay

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