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Vanessa Pearson
5th April 2018 HMRC loses IR35 case

  A contractor in the construction industry, Mark Daniels, has won his appeal against HMRC. In MDCM Ltd v Revenue & Customs, HMRC were defending their decision that a contract between Mr Daniels’ personal service company MDMC Ltd and recruitment agency Solutions, which provided his services to Structure Tone Ltd,  should have been caught by…

Vanessa Pearson
19th February 2018 IR35 Test Case: BBC presenter presented with £419k back taxes bill

  BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd has lost a high profile test case with HMRC over whether or not IR35 legislation applied to her contract. The main terms of this contract, between her personal service company and the BBC, were: 7 year contract Providing tv presenting services for 225 days pa   The First…

Vanessa Pearson
24th November 2017 IR35: Private Sector consultation announced

As we predicted in past blogs, the Chancellor announced a consultation into IR35 private sector contractors in the Autumn Budget. Since April 2017, contractors in the public sector are no longer responsible for evaluating their IR35 status; the end client is required to carry out an IR35 assessment instead. The Treasury believe this has increased…

Hannah Wisbey
17th October 2017 Actors: IR35 tax rules will probably apply.

  In a recent tax tribunal test case, relating to the well-known actor Robert Glenister, HMRC were challenged as to whether the IR35 intermediary tax rules should apply to an actor earning his living through a personal service company.   As is typical with individuals providing their personal services through an intermediary company, Mr Glenister…

Vanessa Pearson
12th March 2017 New Flat Rate VAT Rules

Contractors: New flat rate VAT rules (Limited Cost Traders) HMRC has released updated guidance regarding changes to the flat rate VAT scheme which come into effect on 1 April 2017. The advantage gained by using the flat rate scheme is going to be restricted for ‘limited cost businesses’. A limited cost business is one whose…

Vanessa Pearson
10th March 2017 IR35 in the Public Sector

HMRC: Finally release new Employment Status tool. The new public sector IR35 assessment rules come into effect on 6 April 2017 and contractors have been concerned that they are unable to confirm their IR35 status. HMRC has now released its long awaited online Employment Status Tool. The tool is available to contractors, engagers and agencies…

Philip Peters
23rd August 2016 IR35 Compliance

IR35: Proposals for off-payroll working in the public sector. HMRC has been consulting over the summer on reform of the intermediaries legislation, commonly termed IR35. The proposal, announced in the Budget 2016, is to move the responsibility for determining the tax status of engagements in the public sector by consultants and others operating through their…

Vanessa Pearson
23rd August 2016 New TAAR for Personal Service Companies

New Liquidation Tax Rules: How to ensure capital tax treatment. Most contractors will be aware that HMRC introduced a new targeted anti-avoidance rule (TAAR) wef 6-Apr-16, that will make it more difficult to obtain capital gains tax treatment when profits are withdrawn from a company by way of liquidation or dissolution. Four tests have to now be passed…

Philip Peters
10th August 2016 Distributions on a company winding-up

In the Budget earlier this year the Chancellor announced that there would be a new rule aimed at stopping tax avoidance when a limited company is wound up and funds are distributed to the shareholders. Where certain conditions are met, the distribution will be treated as income in the hands of the shareholders rather than…

Vanessa Pearson
14th July 2016 IR35 Shake-up?

IR35: HMRC research into making clients responsible for compliance. HMRC have undertaken research to understand how employers would react if made responsible for operating IR35 on behalf of their contractors. HMRC are keen to level the playing field between employees and those who use a limited company to work in a similar manner, as they…