holiday pay out contractor wins IR35 tribunal case

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…

IR35 blanket decision-making

Who topped the league table for IR35 blanket decision-making?

Data obtained by ContractorUK uncovered that HMRC has topped the leaderboard for IR35 blanket decision-making, since April 2017’s changes to the legislation. A blanket-decision is when contractors are assessed collectively rather than individually for their IR35 status. From the 38% of PSCs working at public bodies to have suffered a blanket decision, nearly 19% of these…

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HMRC has shut down a record number of fraudulent websites

Over the past 12 months, in HMRC’s pursuit of online fraudsters, it was reported that a record number of fake websites posing as HMRC have been deactivated. With the introduction of cutting-edge technology designed for tackling cybercrime, HMRC appears to have been successful with over 20,750 malicious websites having been taken down – a 29%…

industry reactions to 2019 loan charge

Resounding industry disapproval regarding the 2019 Loan Charge

We recently published an article overviewing HMRC’s new legislation, the 2019 Loan Charge. The government claims this to be the next phase in tackling tax avoidance. However many have raised concerns about the harshness of the new bill. There are calls for the taxman to be compassionate and flexible towards those they are taxing as…

IR35 CEST tool

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…

2019 loan charge

What is the 2019 Loan Charge?

The 2019 Loan Charge is HMRC’s next step in their crackdown on tax avoidance. They aim to recover unpaid taxes they deem to be owed by thousands of contractors who have used a disguised remuneration scheme. HMRC will be looking to collect payment for retrospective taxes from any individual who has used a disguised remuneration…