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JSA comment on False Self Employment

New legislation that will come into force on 6th April 2014 will remove the key criteria of ‘Personal Service’ (the right of substitution) as an argument for a worker claiming to be Self Employed. With a presumption of control over the worker the burden will be on the intermediary furthest up the supply chain (i.e. […]

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Sharp rise in self-employment reported by ONS

Recent ONS labour statistics have shown a sharp increase in those choosing to work outside fixed employment, with numbers making up 14.5% of the total UK workforce – an all-time high. The statistics are evidence that the way people choose to work is changing; the increase in the number of people going it alone now […]

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Tax to be paid upfront whilst avoidance schemes investigated

The Treasury has announced that people found to be using tax avoidance schemes will be required to pay tax bills upfront whilst HMRC investigates arrangements. Currently, taxpayers entering tax avoidance schemes are required to disclose this fact to HMRC, at which point HMRC can decide to investigate and challenge it. The new approach will target […]

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HMRC and Employee Benefit Trusts – what contractors need to know

HM Revenue & Customs is under increasing pressure from the government to raise more revenue, with the ambitious target of collecting an additional £7bn a year in tax by 2014/15. Inevitably, as HMRC looks for ways to generate more income by closing alleged tax “loopholes”, their gaze will fall on schemes that have been set […]

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