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Editor | 21 March 2019

HMRC has suffered another high-profile IR35 defeat after broadcaster Lorraine Kelly successfully appealed a £1.2m tax bill at a tribunal.

The tax authority had claimed that the host of the popular weekday morning Lorraine show was effectively an ITV employee and so was liable to pay income tax and National Insurance contributions.

How the Spring Statement affects contractors

The Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his annual Spring Statement on Wednesday, providing an update on the state of the economy and announcing several minor policy updates.

Although the Spring Statement doesn’t have the kind of wholesale policy announcements that are characteristic of the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor did have some important news for contractors and professional employment service providers.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most important issues for the sector.

HMRC Launches Private Sector IR35 Consultation

HMRC has launched a fresh consultation on changes to off-payroll Intermediaries Legislation (IR35), due to take effect in the private sector from April 2020.

The changes would see reforms introduced in the public sector in 2017 extended to the private sector.

The change will affect contractors that operate through an intermediary like a limited company or personal service company (PSC).

Instead of judging their own IR35 status, the private sector organisation that engages the contract will make this decision. It could mean that more contractors are deemed ‘inside IR35’ and liable to  pay income tax and National Insurance contributions.

Why Recruiters Need a Preferred Supplier List
Editor | 4 February 2019
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A preferred supplier list or PSL is list of pre-approved suppliers from which managers and employees can procure goods and services at a lower risk.

These lists are common for recruitment agencies as the contractors working through them tend to use the services of umbrella companies and other professional services providers.

Most agencies will require their PSL to be audited annually by external bodies, this reduces the likelihood of expensive compliance issues and other supply chain risks.

Woolly Underwear and Other Expenses Rejected by HMRC
Editor | 28 January 2019
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With less than a week to go until the 31 January Self-Assessment deadline, HMRC has provided a bit of light relief by posting some of the weird and wonderful excuses from people who have missed the deadline in the past.

 

One late filing Brit tried to blame his mother in law, another tried to blame a junior member of staff and one even blamed the postbox.

 

The tax authority also posted a list of failed expense claims that people have tried to get away with, including five years’ worth of woolly underwear.

Fewer Contractors Saving for Retirement

New research suggests that the pensions system is broken for independent workers, with a 12% increase in the number of contractors that aren’t saving for retirement.

The survey of 1,000 contractors shows that almost two-thirds of people that work for themselves avoid paying any money into a personal pension scheme.

That equates to almost three million contractors that may not have enough money when they finally give up work.

Editor | 12 March 2019
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Large and medium sized private sector organisations have just over a year left to prepare for important changes to IR35 legislation.

When similar changes were introduced in the public sector in April 2017, many organisations were woefully underprepared. In the most serious cases, public sector organisations made costly errors and saw major projects delayed.

Getting ready for April 2020 requires effective leadership and co-operation across departments and business areas.

In this blog post, we will provide a brief introduction to the changes before detailing what different teams can do to prepare.

 

How Brexit Will Affect Contractors
Editor | 12 February 2019
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Brexit day is fast approaching and there is little certainty over how the negotiations will turn out.

Whatever happens, Brexit is likely to impact contractors in the UK. There may be some benefits in the short and long term, but many contractors are also likely to face some restrictions on their work.

In this blog post, we investigate the most likely Brexit outcomes and how they will affect contractors in the UK.

FSB Backs Review on 2019 Loan Charge

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has come out in support of a review on the ‘unfair’ application of the 2019 Loan Charge.

Earlier this month, Sir Ed Davey successfully tabled and passed an amendment calling on the government to review the retrospective contractor charge before March 31st.

Announced at Budget 2016, the Loan Charge applies to any disguised remuneration loans that are still outstanding on 5 April 2019. 

Not everyone is a self-assessment early bird! But don’t stick your head in the sand, it’s not too late to get help with your self-assessment

The deadline for submitting your online self-assessment tax return and paying any tax due is 31st January 2019.  This is only just over three weeks away….but don’t panic!! 

Accountants are being booked up quickly as time runs out but at Umbrella Accountants, we always plan for the last-minute rush!  We have capacity to help you with your self-assessment – provided you don’t leave it until the very last minute!! Plus, if you quote ‘2019SA’ we will give you a 25% discount off the current fee!

If you miss the deadline by up to three months, then you will get an automatic penalty of £100. You could have to pay more if it is later than three months or if you pay the tax bill late.

So, what do you need to do to avoid the last-minute stress and heartache?  Here are our top tips.

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