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Criminal Finance Act 2017: 12 months on – what does this mean for your agency?

It’s been just over a year since the Criminal Finance Act (CFA) was introduced 30th September 2017, which saw companies become criminally liable for any facilitation of tax evasion and tax avoidance schemes by any persons representing the company, and a recent Tax Journal has proposed that HMRC is ‘chomping at the bit to investigate.’ After…

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Wage inflation persists in the job market

Staff placements and temp billings continue to rise in the job market as unemployment rates fall to 4.0%. Reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK unemployment rate is now at it’s lowest since 1975. Naturally, the reduction in unemployment levels corresponds with strong hiring growth. Though the ongoing decline in candidate shortages…

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A landmark decision: contractor wins over £4000 holiday pay-out in IR35 case

The latest IR35 tribunal case win for contractor Susan Winchester has been penned as a ‘game-changer’ for the industry. After a year-long battle, Winchester successfully won over £4000 in compensation for holiday pay from HMRC, after being placed as inside-IR35.   Background In September 2016, Winchester’s company, SJW Marketing Solutions Ltd, was contracted by HMRC…

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Industry insiders raise issue with IR35 CEST tool

Many within the contractor industry have criticised HMRC’s CEST tool as not fit for purpose. The digital tool was designed by HMRC to help contractors determine their IR35 status but it has been scathingly criticised by the self-employment industry. ContractorUK firmly surmised it as: “wrongly seen as mandatory. Too blunt to be sector-specific. Unhelpful to big…

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The Government’s new ‘Good Work Plan’ has been revealed

In response to Matthew Taylor’s Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy in 2017, the government have revealed this week their new Good Work Plan that recommends new rights for the UK’s flexible workforce. Alongside further consultations on the future of the UK workforce, the government will also be looking to tighten penalties against…

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Contracting in the Public Sector: Limited Company, Umbrella or Agency Payroll?

Since the public sector reform in April 2017, we are still asked frequently by public sector contractors if they should continue using their own limited company or switch to an umbrella. The answer very much depends on each individual’s circumstances thus we would strongly encourage contractors to speak to us for tailored advice. Nonetheless, we…