Monthly Archives: June 2015

HMRC investing to improve customer service

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today announced it is allocating £45 million to improve customer service, as it released statistics which showed an inconsistent call handling performance in 2014-15. The allocation is paying for around 3,000 additional staff to join customer service teams, on top of around 2,000 staff who are being moved over from […]

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Contractors with strategic skills earn more

Contractors with strategic skills earn more than their permanent employee counterparts, as employers turn to contractors to fill key strategic gaps. This is according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey. The report also highlights that 65% of contractor clients admit to paying their contingent workers more than they pay their employees. […]

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Tax and Smoke and Mirrors

Now that the dust has settled, the ‘Anderson’ tax avoidance story, regarding a system which appeared to offer to cancel the requirement to pay employers national insurance, perhaps told us more about how these stories are reported than the underlying issues, and reminded us of an old but very reliable rule – if it looks […]

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Lawyer finds loophole in register of companies

A lawyer claims there is a way for a ‘beneficial owner’ of a business to head off the “unwanted scrutiny” that the government’s central register of companies might bring them. James Austen of legal advisory Charles Russell Speechlys says “help is at hand” if his clients wish to avoid the public register, being built to […]

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Time is running out for Contractor Loan Settlements

The Contractor Loan Settlement Opportunity (CLSO) is available for anyone who engaged in a Contractor Loans scheme before 6 April 2011. These were marketed as tax avoidance schemes, but HMRC has made it clear that these schemes do not work. The CLSO offers an opportunity to put your affairs in order and put avoidance in the past by […]

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Disagree with a tax decision?

Readers may have read recently of HMRC’s change in practice on penalties for late filing of personal tax returns. The law provides for an automatic penalty of £100 if a personal tax return is even a day late (and more than that if it’s more than 3 months late). However, no penalty is due if […]

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HMRC response to Anderson Group BBC story

HMRC have issued the following response to the recent BBC story regarding Employment Allowance and contrived arrangements.     The Employment Allowance entitles employers to save up to £2,000 of employer’s National Insurance contributions (NICs), and since its launch in 2014 over a million employers have benefited. To ensure that the benefit of the allowance […]

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