Editor | 10 March 2011
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The Office of Tax Simplification has released its initial report into what is often called "The Son of IR35".

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/ots_small_business_interim_report.pdf

The findings seem to recommend to either scrap IR35 or keep it and police it better. Amendments and the possible merger of PAYE and NIC's are also cited as providing an opportunity to make the taxation of small businesses fairer.

In summary what they say about IR35 is:

How will The Bribery Act affect relations between Recruitment Agents and Umbrella Companies when the Umbrella Company is paying a recruitment consultant for referrals?

Editor | 6 October 2010

The Chancellor has announced that families where at least one parent is a higher rate tax payer will lose their right to receive child benefit from 2013.

Editor | 3 October 2010

90% of the Equality Act came into force on 1st October 2010.

The Act brings together various bits of legislation in respect to equality in the workplace and includes protecting against discrimination on health or gender grounds.

Editor | 9 September 2010
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A new computer system at HMRC has highlighted that over 6m people have previously been undercharged in calculating their tax bill. The good news is that there are also over 4m people who are due a refund.

HMRC have started sending out letters so expect to find out soon if you owe money or are owed money!

Editor | 10 March 2011
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The Office of Tax Simplification are set to report on their review of IR35 today 10th March 2010. The aim is to give the Chancellor 2 weeks to absorbe the recommendations prior to his budget.

In HM Treasury's own word the prupose of the Small Business Tax Review was ( http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/ots_smallbusinessreview.htm:

Editor | 21 October 2010
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Due to come into force in October 2011 the Agency Workers Regulations aim to ensure "“the basic working and employment conditions of temporary agency workers shall be, for the duration of their assignment at a user undertaking, at least those that would apply if they had been recruited directly by that undertaking to occupy the same job”.

There had been some specualtion that although contractors working through Umbrella Companies were initially going to be caught by the new regulations the new Tory Government would review this and make them outside their scope (as contractors working through their own limited companies are outside the scope).

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was launched by the Government in July 2010.

The Office has been established to provide advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system, with the objective of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers.

Editor | 1 October 2010
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From today (1st October 2010) the National Minimum Wage has increased from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour.

If you are working through an umbrella company this can affect you if you receive a very low or zero commission element in your normal wages.

Editor | 9 August 2010
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What is an Over-arching Contract? An overarching contract with an umbrella company allows you to be recognised as an employee of the umbrella company and to therefore benefit from the statutory entitlements of being an employee.

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