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Contractor Calculator Newsletter, Mar 2019: Reaction to IR35 consultation: 12 months to defuse tax time-bomb

Dear Contractor

Welcome to the Mar 2019 edition of our Newsletter. The IR35 consultation into extending the public sector changes into the private sector was launched this week. The Loan Charge debate, the catalyst of which was IR35, is heating up, with questions raised at PMQs, and a barrister accuses HMRC of misleading the Treasury. The BBC and HMRC are playing blame tennis for the IR35 mess they are in. CEST is undermined again at tribunal. Other than that, these new IR35 reforms are going great!


Reaction to Off-Payroll (IR35) consultation: 12 months to defuse tax time-bomb

Private sector contractor clients have 12 months to mitigate the threats posed by HMRC's Off-Payroll proposals, warns ContractorCalculator.


HMRC's CEST further undermined following Naryan tribunal ruling citing lack of MOO

HMRC's CEST tool is further discredited as judge rules controlled doctor Naryan was no employee because no mutuality of obligation (MOO) existed.


HMRC defends CEST and blames BBC over presenters fiasco in PAC hearing

HMRC tells MPs in Public Accounts Committee hearing that CEST was not at fault for hundreds of retrospective tax bills issued to BBC freelancers.


BBC pay: 20 key questions the PAC must ask HMRC about Off-Payroll and CEST

The PAC has an opportunity to hold HMRC to account for its application of CEST and the Off-Payroll rules. Here are 20 questions that need to be asked.


Firms assessing existing contractors 'inside IR35' risk being in breach of contract

Firms who make tax deductions based on 'inside IR35' assessments of existing contracts risk being found in breach of contract, warns Martyn Valentine.


HMRC has misled Treasury on Loan Charge, warns leading UK tax barrister

HMRC has misled the Treasury on the facts concerning the Loan Charge, leading tax barrister Keith Gordon has warned the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

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Event Treasury letters “guilty of spreading IR35 mistruths” to MPs, reveals new whitepaper

ContractorCalculator publishes a new whitepaper alerting MPs to 23 misleading claims peddled by the Treasury about the Off-Payroll (IR35) proposals.

Event HMRC unable to substantiate allegations of misrepresentation against contractor press

HMRC has failed to substantiate allegations made during a recent IR35 Forum meeting of misrepresentation against the contractor press.

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HMRC Loan Charge: Self-employed fear 'financial ruin'

BBC - Tue 26 Feb 2019

Thousands of workers hit with massive tax avoidance bills

Guardian - Sat 16 Feb 2019

Accounting Web

Off-payroll working: Mistruths in circulation

23 mistruths have been identified around the off-payroll reforms

IT Contracting

CEST – HMRC's IR35 status tool – what it does, and why it is flawed

What is CEST, why it came into being, and why it has been widely condemned for being 'not fit for purpose'.


Consultation opens on off-payroll rules in private sector

The government has opened its consultation on implementing off-payroll working rules from April 2020.

HMRC under fire over IR35 off payroll consultation

HMRC's consultation on IR35 is already under fire as critics accuse the government of underestimating the complexity of the task ahead and risking missing the opportunity to make the whole process more user friendly for a key sector of the UK workforce.


Private companies risk 'tax time bomb' over contractor shake-up

Private companies are facing a “ticking time bomb” if they wrongly apply changes to tax law due to be implemented next year, experts have warned.

Freelancers could face higher taxes with no holiday and sick pay

Almost a million self-employed people could pay higher tax without gaining benefits like holiday and sick pay, despite the Government's Taylor Review saying this should be addressed.

The Register

IR35 contractor tax reforms crawl closer to UK private sector

Organisations hiring off-payroll contractors will be responsible for handling disputes over tax status and ultimately liable for missing tax payments once IR35 reforms hit the private sector, HMRC has said.

Computer Weekly

IR35 reforms: HMRC urges private sector to start prepping

HM Revenue & Customs is canvassing views about how best to press ahead with the introduction of the IR35 reforms to the private sector, and is urging those likely to be affected by the move to start getting ready.

HR Magazine

Private sector IR35 plans come under fire

The government has launched a consultation on IR35 in the private sector prompting criticism of the public sector roll-out

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