Keeping accurate accounting records is an essential task for every successful contractor. Not only can you ensure that you stay on the right side of the taxman, but you should also be able to see exactly what your financial situation is at any moment … [more]
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It is not unusual for contractors to take time out, either for an extended holiday, to carry out a period of research and training, or if new work is hard to find. You may even have decided to take a permanent job. So, what should you do with your … [more]
Responding to a parliamentary written question last month, the Treasury has revealed that the direct tax yield from IR35 investigations remains negligible, but is there more to the figures than meets the eye? … [more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]