New Government rules will require recruitment agencies to provide more information than ever to HMRC about the contractors on their books, including how much they're paid. We asked an expert what this means in practice, and if there is a link between … [more]
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IR35 Business Entity Tests to be scrapped
HMRC has announced its decision to withdraw the much-criticised IR35 Business Entity Tests (BETs) from April 2015, having established that they have been 'used very little', and haven't fulfilled their intended purpose. … [more]
‘Loan’ scheme contractors offered chance to settle with HMRC
Individuals who used 'contractor loan' schemes to avoid tax in the past have been given six months to settle their outstanding liabilities with HMRC 'on the best possible terms'. This 'settlement opportunity' is targeted at the estimated 16,000 … [more]
Public sector contractors seek IR35 reviews following NHS report
A contractor accountancy firm has reported a surge in demand for IR35 contract reviews from its public sector contractors following the release of a controversial report by Monitor which shows that dozens of NHS executives, working via their own … [more]
New HMRC IR35 guide – are things any clearer?
Last week, HMRC published new IR35 guidance (PDF), to replace the 'FAQ' section which had existed on its official website for over 13 years. We asked IR35 expert Seb Maley from Qdos whether the new information was an improvement on the old, and how … [more]
News Roundup – RBS 10% rate cut, new MSC risk for agencies
RBS latest bank to slash contract rates RBS has imposed a 10% rate cut on the majority of its temporary and contractor workforce - around 11,000 people - as part of a major cost-cutting exercise. Those affected were informed on 17th April, and the … [more]
Your responsibilities and duties as a limited company director
As the director of a Limited company you must perform a number of legal and financial duties, these responsibilities may seem onerous at time, but the consequences for any breaches are serious. With risks including financial penalties, … [more]
Security clearance issues for IT contractors
If you're placed on a contract where you'll have access to sensitive information or assets, you'll need to hold valid security clearance. So, what levels of clearance are there, and how easy is it to apply for contract work? Security checks are … [more]
Why I became an IT contractor, at the age of 25
Let's face it, when we were budding IT professionals, we looked at the IT contractors in our teams with a certain degree of envy. … [more]
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