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Monday, February 18, 2019
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Demand for contractors falls by 5% amid market uncertainty   New survey data compiled by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has shown that demand for professional talent has stagnated, with vacancies for contract workers decreasing by 5% year-on-year in November 2018, and the number of permanent roles dropping by...
Minister stands firm on Loan Charge in Commons Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, fuelled further outrage from contractors affected by the 2019 Loan Charge on Tuesday by evading questions on whether the Loan Charge would be suspended or its retrospective scope repealed. Asked by Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney...
Chancellor confirms Spring Statement will be two weeks before Brexit   The Treasury have confirmed that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will give his Spring Statement on Wednesday, 13th March 2019 – only sixteen days before the UK is set to depart from the European Union. Since 2016, the Spring Statement is...
HMRC clarifies position on Off-Payroll contract “blanket rulings HMRC has told their IR35 forum that so-called “blanket” IR35 assessments by clients are acceptable under the Off-Payroll rules, provided the client reviews at least one contract. “Blanket” assessment refers to applying the same IR35 decision to multiple limited contactors, if they are...
Loan Charge – Tax barrister in very public rebuke of HMRC factsheet A tax barrister has responded to the publication of an HMRC factsheet on the 2019 Loan Charge by launching a highly detailed 23-point rebuke of the Government’s legal reasoning on the HMRC Twitter feed. Keith Gordon, of Temple Tax...
HMRC reveals the most absurd late-filing excuses and expense claims January - the month of thrift, healthy living, and, yes, another Davina McCall workout DVD.  And for many the fun doesn’t stop there, as millions of taxpayers are required to submit their self-assessment tax returns by the deadline of 31st...
Catalogue of errors leaves HMRC red-faced at Tribunal   A taxpayer has been vindicated at the First-Tier Tribunal after HMRC presented an incoherent and error-ridden case against them, representing a rare defeat for the Revenue on TMA Discovery Assessments. Mr Rango Nelson ran an eBay auto parts business with his wife and...
HMRC accused of deception in Off-Payroll correspondence to contractors Contractorcalculator.co.uk has reported that taxpayers are receiving misleading and coercive letters from the taxman in relation to Off-Payroll, that attempt to compel public sector contractors to self-determine their IR35 status using their highly-criticised online tool, CEST, threatening penalties if the request...
Tax havens win reprieve over transparency The Government have again been accused of defying Parliament, this time by delaying plans to require British Overseas Territories to bring in public registers disclosing the true identities of owners using companies to shelter assets. Parliament set a date of 2020 for the introduction of...
Will a no-deal Brexit save taxpayers from the Loan Charge? Recent developments suggest that Labour will force an amendment to the Finance Bill that will prevent the collection of taxes in the event of a no-deal Brexit, effectively preventing the Government from deliberately crashing out of the European Union without...