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90% of complaints against HMRC upheld

An independent complaints review body has ordered HMRC to pay £4.4m in refunds and write-offs last year and upheld 94% of PAYE complaints. The tax adjudicator reviews complaints against HMRC, as well as against the Valuation Office Agency and the Insolvency Service. The adjudicator’s annual report for 2013-14 shows that during the year over 2,000 […]

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NHS investigation leads to increase in IR35 reviews

There has been an increase in IR35 reviews requested by contractors working in the public sector this week, following investigations into ‘off-payroll’ arrangements in the NHS. The investigation by the health services regulatory body Monitor, discovered that 86 individuals working within NHS foundation trusts were liable to be investigated for their use of personal service […]

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Can you politely refuse to meet HMRC?

Faced with an IR35 enquiry, many contractors feel that they can’t say no to any request from HMRC. Our advice would be that there is a time and a place.  HMRC are often keen to arrange a face-to-face meeting believing that the enquiry can be concluded more quickly. However, in our experience such a meeting […]

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Income tax and National Insurance receives public support

The idea of merging income tax and national insurance would get the broad support of the  public in the UK, according to work carried out by PwC. The firm convened a panel of 22 representative members of the British public to discuss taxation.  The result was that that they supported the idea of integrating income […]

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New IR35 guidance unveiled for contractors

As promised in the recent IR35 review, HMRC has this week replaced its old IR35 FAQ section with a new 19 page guidance booklet. The guidance has been developed with input from the IR35 Forum, and is designed to make the legislation far easier to understand, thus helping contractors to avoid the many pitfalls surrounding […]

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