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NEWSLETTER April 2019

Contractor Calculator Newsletter, Apr 2019: Loan Charge APPG report exposes alarming abuse and malpractice by HMRC

Dear Contractor

Welcome to the Apr 2019 edition of our Contractor Newsletter. The concerns surrounding the Loan Charge have now reached a tipping point, as the APPG publishes its very damning report. We mustn't forget that the catalyst to the loan schemes was IR35, 20 years ago. HMRC claims a third of contractors should be caught, yet lose another case. And a case which CEST says they should have won in court, proving it's fundamentally flawed.

 
CONTRACTOR NEWS
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Loan Charge APPG report exposes alarming abuse and malpractice by HMRC

Improper and potentially unlawful conduct from HMRC and the Treasury has been exposed in the APPG's Inquiry into the Loan Charge.

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HMRC's £1.3bn non-compliance claim in Off-Payroll consultation doesn't align with OBR

HMRC's claim as to the cost of non-compliance with IR35 has been called into question after it was revealed that it doesn't align with OBR forecasts.

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CEST users feedback, obtained via FOI, reveals little confidence in tool

User feedback for CEST, obtained by ContractorCalculator via FOI, reveals that, despite HMRC's claims, there is little public confidence in the tool.

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BREAKING NEWS: Presenter Lorraine Kelly defeats HMRC in latest IR35 ruling

HMRC has lost another high profile IR35 tribunal case, after television presenter Lorraine Kelly successfully appealed a tax bill of £1.2m.

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IR35 defeat threatens broadcaster backlash for HMRC: Lorraine Kelly tribunal analysis

HMRC faces questions over its pursuit of broadcasters following a damning IR35 tribunal defeat against presenter Lorraine Kelly.

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Lorraine Kelly IR35 ruling proves HMRC's CEST tool is biased and inaccurate

HMRC's CEST tool has again failed to reach the same decision made at tribunal, having been tested against yesterday's Lorraine Kelly IR35 judgment.

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Loan Charge: Treasury accused of “evading proper scrutiny and accountability”

The Treasury and HMRC have come under fire for a report described as “a cynical and misleading attempt at justification” of the Loan Charge.

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FEATURES
Event Off-Payroll (IR35) small company exemption vulnerable to exploitation, warns JSA

Hirers have an open invitation to exploit the proposed Off-Payroll small company exemption, though amendments could hamper company growth.

Event ContractorCalculator dissects HMRC's private sector Off-Payroll consultation

ContractorCalculator has launched a critique of HMRC's latest Off-Payroll consultation, dissecting its claims, assumptions and proposals.

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Alternate External Link OTHER CONTRACTING NEWS
MPs call for delay to loan charge over alleged 'cover up' by HMRC

FT - Thu 04 Apr 2019

MPs seek new debate on tax charge

FTAdvisor - Wed 27 Mar 2019

BBC licence fee cash to settle stars' tax bills

The Times - Fri 22 Mar 2019

Loan charge suicide sparks calls for PM to halt policy

FT - Mon 11 Mar 2019

 
OUR MEDIA COVERAGE
People Management

Upcoming introduction of IR35 to private sector is 'myopic', say critics

The government has launched a consultation on the extension of IR35 tax rules to the private sector, sparking an influx of criticism of what campaign groups have described as “suffocating” reforms.

Simply Business

IR35 reform: 7 things contractors should know about the government's latest announcement

IR35 reform: 7 things contractors should know about the government's latest announcement

The Global Recruiter

HMRC ignored damning CEST feedback by hundreds of users.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has discovered that a poll conducted by HMRC into its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool revealed that 50 per cent of respondents described CEST as 'bad' or 'very bad'.

Recruiter

HMRC should never have gone ahead with 'slam dunk' Lorraine Kelly IR35 case

After HMRC lost an IR35 Tribunal case against TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, industry experts have said that HMRC never had a strong case and shouldn't have gone ahead with it.

Recruitment Grapevine

ITV star Lorraine Kelly beats HMRC in £1.2m IR35 case

ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly has won a £1.2million IR35 tax tribunal against HMRC after a judge ruled that she was not employed by the TV channel.

Staffing Industry News

UK – BBC presenter wins £1.2 million IR35 tax case against HMRC over her freelance ITV role

Presenter wins £1.2 million IR35 tax case against HMRC over her freelance ITV role

The Register

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adding fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

Telegraph

New tax rules could spark another avoidance crisis

The introduction of IR35 in 1999 sparked a surge in loan-based tax-avoidance schemes and experts fear the latest changes could restart the cycle.

 
 
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