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Off pay-roll working requires legal reform, not IR35 ‘buck-passing’

HMRC’s consultation into off-payroll working in the private sector, IR35 has caused confusion and unfairness in the public sector and HMRC needs to develop a clearly defined test for employment status. “Recent events have highlighted fundamental problems with the public sector rules governing the application of IR35.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 13 August 2018

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Wider implications of IR35 reform as consultation nears

With the IR35 consultation into private sector reform closing this Friday (10th August) IR35 specialist, Qdos Contractor, has called on the Government to consider the wider implications that reform could have on the entire UK economy, which already faces challenges due to Brexit uncertainty.

Contributor: Seb Maley | Published: 10 August 2018

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Amazon shows “complete disregard” for UK taxpayer

"Amazon’s tax set up might mean lower prices, but the true cost is now laid bare says GMB Union". So says GMB, the union for Amazon workers, says the company’s accounts show a complete disregard for the UK taxpayer. Contributor Tim Roache, General Secretary - GMB

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 4 August 2018


Concerns raised over CEST performance

HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool has been exposed as biased and hopelessly unreliable, after a comprehensive re-testing of HMRC’s CEST test data obtained under FOI by ContractorCalculator, which HMRC and the Treasury are consistently relying upon to back up their claims that the tool is accurate.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin | Published: 3 August 2018

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HMRC Secret Bank Account Access Proposal Condemned

Proposal to Allow HMRC to Access Taxpayers Bank Accounts in Secret Criticised as Unreasonable. One of the UK's leading tax specialists today condemned the proposal that HMRC should be allowed to have secret access to taxpayers' bank accounts, in a range of new measures being suggested to crackdown on tax evasion.

Contributor: David Redfern | Published: 25 July 2018

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“One percent increase in income tax could solve NHS budget issues”

A simple increase of 1 percent on income tax and National Insurance could pay for the 3.4 percent increase to the NHS budget announced by the Government. Robert Pullen a Director at the firm said: “The debate has been raging over the weekend about how the increase to the budget could be paid for."

Contributor: Robert Pullen | Published: 29 June 2018

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Incorrect tax codes for thousands due to IR35 “fiasco”

Thousands of employees working within the public sector are potentially being taxed incorrectly in an ongoing fiasco surrounding their IR35. Contributor Bradley Post, Managing Director - Rift Tax Refunds IR35 has always been a tricky piece of regulation, and it seems like it's not getting any easier to manage with time. Serious questions over the accuracy of the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool are only being underlined by courtroom defeats for HMRC over status challenges. Meanwhile, confusion over the rules has contributed to an 8 percent year-on-year drop in contracting vacancies.

Contributor: Bradley Post | Published: 16 May 2018

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Are HMRC Systems Fit for Purpose?

One of the UK's leading tax experts today questioned whether HMRC's IT systems were fit for purpose in light of a flurry of recent news stories suggesting that HMRC is losing its grip on the nation's taxes. David Redfern, founder of DSR Tax Claims, spoke out after HMRC suffered yet another blow with news that they had cancelled 270,000 late filing penalties in 2016.

Contributor: David Redfern | Published: 8 May 2018

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Wildly unrealistic expense claims on tax returns criticised

Taxpayers who include wildly optimistic expense claims in their self-assessment tax returns. Commenting on HMRC's latest annual list of unrealistic expense claims. Those who aimed to pull the wool over HMRC's eyes by claiming for spurious expenses, stating that they made life more difficult for honest taxpayers.

Contributor: Angela MacDonald | Published: 17 April 2018

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HMRC finally admits “no detailed evidence to prove accuracy of IR35 Tax tool”

More than 100,000 people could be facing incorrect tax bills as HMRC admits it has no detailed proof to demonstrate that its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool is accurate. The admission came following a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests as part of a five month investigation

Contributor: Dave Chaplin | Published: 8 April 2018