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HMRC Release New CEST Tool

HMRC Releases New CEST Tool

HMRC has released an updated version of its CEST tool ahead of next April’s reforms. The previous tool was heavily criticised for failing to take key status tests such as ‘MOO’ and ‘Being in Business’ into consideration when determining if IR35 applied. There was also insufficient guidance notes for cases that were more complex, meaning

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Parties Promise IR35 Review

Parties Promise IR35 Review

The Lib Dems, Labour, the SNP, the Green Party and the Conservatives have all promised to review the roll-out of IR35 reforms to the private sector if they are elected to power. The Lib Dems were the first to include a pledge within their manifesto on the November 20th, with the Conservatives latecomers to the

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Transport for London Face IR35 Tax Probe

Transport for London Face IR35 Tax Probe

HMRC has launched preliminary IR35 investigations into Transport for London (TfL). The public sector organisation was approached by HMRC, who asked for information about its limited company contractors. There are fears that this is another fishing exercise that could result in an outcome similar to that of NHS Digital. The public organisation is currently facing

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Companies Rethink Limited Company Bans

Companies Rethink Limited Company Ban

There are signs that firms may be rethinking their ban on limited companies ahead of next April’s IR35 reforms. The example set by influential banks such as Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC has caused a number of companies to adopt a similar ‘PAYE only’ policy, with asset management firms Royal London and Northern Asset Management the

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Victory for TV Presenter at IR35 Tribunal

Victory for TV Presenter at IR35 Tribunal

Television presenter Helen Fospero has defeated HMRC at a tax tribunal in the latest media industry IR35 case. Fospero successfully disputed a tax bill of £80,000 concerning engagements between her limited company, Canal Street Productions Ltd, and ITV during 2012-13 and 2013-14. Fospero’s presenting work outside of ITV was crucial in establishing that she was

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Lloyds shows limited company contractors the door

Lloyds shows limited company contractors the door

Lloyds Bank is the latest firm to announce that they won’t engage contractors who work through a personal service company. In a long-awaited decision, Lloyds announced that their contractors will now be considered off-payroll workers and cannot work through their own limited companies. Going forward, they’ll be given these three options: Leave the company at

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IR35: Paperwork that could save your skin

IR35: Paperwork that could save your skin

In the event of an IR35 investigation, HMRC will examine the evidence that the contractor is in business on their own account. This will broadly relate to how much supervision, direction and control (SDC) the contractor works under. Even if a contractor’s day-to-day working practices reflect their independent status, they’re often unable to offer any

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More reasons to go into contracting?

More reasons to go into contracting?

The UK’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) is backing the ‘Flex for All’ campaign to extend flexible working rights to everyone. The campaign comes in response to research that shows one in three people who request flexible working are turned down by their employer. Under the current UK, law staff have the right to request flexible

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Boris gives green light to loan charge

Boris gives green light to loan charge review

Boris Johnson has announced a review into the loan charge after being challenged on Prime Minister’s Question Time. Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, Ross Thomson, asked the conservative leader what action the government was taking to address the controversial issue, which has caused thousands of contractors serious distress. The PM came under pressure from campaigners

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National retraining scheme launches in Liverpool

National Retraining Scheme Launches in Liverpool

While technologies like AI and automation are transforming the way we live and bringing huge benefits to our economy, automation also means that some roles will become a thing of the past. Repetitive manual work and administration are at the greatest risk from computerisation, while skilled jobs and those that require human qualities such as

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