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Government consultation could affect contractor tax relief

18 December 2014

A new consultation into the way tax is administered for temporary workers could have a negative impact on the way contractors claim expenses if the recommendations are followed by the government. The discussion document issued, entitled ‘The Employment Intermediaries: Temporary Workers – relief for travel and subsistence costs’ seems to imply that contractors working through limited companies o......


Rules on using your home as a workspace about to change

16 December 2014

Pressure groups who have been lobbying the government for a change in the rules which govern the use of people’s homes as office will be pleased to see the fruits of their labours this week. An announcement from the government has confirmed that they will be changing the way business partners can claim tax relief on their own homes when they use them as a place of work as well. The aim of th......


Government announces launch of conciliation service

10 December 2014

One of the greatest problems facing freelancers, small businesses and other self employed individuals is that of late payment. With plenty of pressure on the government to represent the independent professional workforce more effectively, the announcement of a new conciliation service for those who are having trouble collecting what they are owed has been welcomed. On Saturday, the governmen......


IT contractors’ prospects look good for 2015

09 December 2014

A survey by a leading recruitment specialist, Michael Page has identified which sectors are likely to have the most employment opportunities for contractors in the year to come. Things are looking positive for contractors working in IT, and those with accountancy and finance experience who can expect to experience an increase in demand and a rise in the rates they can command in 20......


Changes to VAT rules cause consternation amongst sole traders

04 December 2014

It may not seem like a change which will affect a huge number of people, but the VAT regulations which will be amended in January are set to cause significant problems for many of those working for themselves in the New Year. The changes apply to anyone selling digital products to customers in the EU and were supposedly designed to prevent large companies such as Amazon and Google ......


Construction workers object to changes in tax legislation

02 December 2014

Whenever tax legislation is changed, there is usually some group who is unhappy and although the goal of HMRC is to ensure that new rules are beneficial to as many people as possible, some are more unpopular than others. This is certainly true of the rules, introduced in April this year, which require workers in the construction industry to be paid under the PAYE system. UCATT......


Government debt recovery powers lessened in face of opposition

27 November 2014

Controversial powers that allowed the government to access people’s bank accounts in order to recoup money owed in tax have been re-evaluated in the wake of a number of concerns and complaints. The proposals have now been altered to reflect the strength of feeling about the ‘Direct Recovery of Debts’ which were designed to bring in around £100 million a year in otherwise unpaid tax......


HMRC contacts potential avoiders to warn of repercussions

25 November 2014

Tax avoidance has been in the news a lot over the last year as the government has been taking steps to clamp down on some of the schemes set up purely for the purposes of those involved paying less tax than they would otherwise owe. There are a number of experts who specialise in finding ways for people to reduce their tax bills substantially, and whilst there are legitimate ways t......


National Freelancers day saw appointment of self employed ambassador

20 November 2014

Yesterday marked a big day for independent professionals with National Freelancers Day being celebrated by self-employed people all over the country. Even the government joined in the fun by announcing that they have appointed David Morris MP as the UK’s first ambassador for independent professionals. With the numbers of freelancers still on the rise, and much talk of how the increase in s......


Tax projects launched to review employment status

18 November 2014

This week has seen the announcement of two reviews which could change the face of tax for those affected: one which will take a look at how the current employment status tests work and another which will look into the tax penalty system. The employment status review will be focussing on the differences between employment and self-employment and will investigate whether the tests used to es......


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