11 Jul 2015

A guide to Advanced Tax Planning

It has long been the case that it is perfectly legal to avoid taxes.  Much is regularly made by the government about the immorality of aggressive tax planning but what is that? That, it appears, depends on your point of view.  Government, which is hungry for cash to pay off its deficits has a different view...

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11 Jul 2015

A Budget Disaster for Contractors

An IPSE (the Independent association for Professionals and Self Employed) article I read the other day put it very succinctly when it said that contractors and small business owners must have woken up the day after the budget feeling like they had been mugged. The scrapping of the dividend credit scheme and the introduction of new...

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14 Apr 2015

Tax penalties and fines…a cautionary tale

One of our new tax clients recently joined us with a bill for over £5,000 in tax penalties and fines from HMRC for ignoring a request for a self assessment tax return from HMRC 3 years ago.  The poor lad concerned had been unemployed for 2 years and earned way below the personal allowance until a...

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14 Apr 2015

AWR Regulations 2010

Generally, we think that if you want to help stay outside of IR35 you need to avoid contracts with numerous references to the AWR.  AWR legislation applies to workers who are supplied to work under the direction and control of the end client and gives them certain employment rights after a period of time.  Being...

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20 Mar 2015

Travel & Subsistence expenses – Budget 2015

In his budget speech, the chancellor disclosed that he intends to "crack down" on umbrella companies travel & subsistence expenditure.  What the detail says is as follows (our emphasis added): ...that the government will consult on detailed proposals to restrict tax relief for travel & subsistence for workers engaged through an employment intermediary, such as...

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12 Jan 2015

December 2014 review on IR35 by HMRC a wet lettuce

HMRC's IR35 forum published a report in December  on IR35 administration (link to it here).  The document is a 49 page wet lettuce that doesn't really add anything in terms of clarity to contractors.  It reveals that only 48 contractors submitted queries about their contracts in 2013/14 but that HMRC gave 14/16 "not caught" views...

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