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The timing of the Chancellor’s announcement regarding the review of Employment Intermediaries Tax Relief on Expenses was raised in Parliament yesterday during Business Questions.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) have published their response to the HMRC Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers – relief for travel and subsistence expenses.

In the past the LITRG have reviewed Umbrella Company Schemes and in particular how alternative models such as the Payday by Payday Scheme (PDBPD) affect Low Income Workers. It is from this respect they have responded to the HMRC potential threat of restricting relief on travel and subsistence expenses. They are in particular concerned that any scheme that is deemed non-compliant could see the low income worker being chased for taxes owing.

At Umbrella.co.uk we were a member of and part of the steering group for the FCSA led Syndicate of Employment Intermediaries and their response to the HMRC discussion document titled “Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers – relief for travel and subsistence”.

Recruitment International have reported that The Government have recognised the value of responsible Umbrella Companies. Below is the relevant extract from Parliament’s Question and Answers section:

One of our Directors at Umbrella.co.uk, Miles Grady BA (Econ) Hons ACA, has performed a detailed review of the HMRC review into Travel and Subsistence expenses and below lists a number of key points into why HMRC should not stop umbrella company contractors

All Umbrella Companies are Equal (AUCAE) have published their response to the HMRC Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers – relief for travel and subsistence (food and drink) expenses. 

At Umbrella.co.uk we were a member of and part of the steering group for the FCSA led Syndicate of Employment Intermediaries and their response to the HMRC discussion document titled “Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers – relief for travel and subsistence”.

Professional Passport have submitted their response to the HMRC discussion document – “Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers - Relief for travel and subsistence”.

editor | 28 January 2015
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A recent swathe of negative press coverage has somewhat enveloped the Umbrella Company industry in the past couple of weeks. First up, the Union of Construction, Allied Trades And Technicians (UCATT) have further vocalised their entrenched reservations about umbrella companies. Their fundamental argument has been to debate what they see as unfair business practices carried out towards contractors by umbrella operators.

On Channel 4 Dispatches 19th January 2015 reporter Morland Sanders looked at lower paid workers in the UK. The episode was titled “Low Pay Britain”. It is available on catch-up for the next month.

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