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January 2016

HMRC heightens self-assessment security

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it is boosting online protection for self-assessment taxpayers ahead of the 31 January 2016 tax return deadline.

The tax authority has revealed that it will be issuing more than a million emails to self-employed and small business taxpayers over the next six weeks, both to remind them of the deadline and urge […]

December 2015

HMRC Policy Paper on Travel and subsistence tax relief

HMRC have published their Policy Paper on travel and subsistence tax relief (click here to view).  As expected they have closed off the ability of a contractor to claim travel and subsistence tax relief when travelling to a temporary workplace. As of 6th April 2016 all persons who “personally provide services to another person”,  “Is employed through an employment […]

November 2015

George Osborne: Spending Review and Autumn Statement

Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review.

The Main points are:

Planned £4.4bn in tax credit cuts abandoned, with taper and threshold rates for working tax credits and child tax credits remaining the same
As a result, government to breach overall welfare […]

HMRC regulations and Contractors

Many companies offer services that are said to circumvent HMRC regulations for contractors, but at the end of the day it is the contractor who will face the wrath of the tax man if they are fall foul of the rules. Find out if if IR35 applies to you here.

Upperlimit UK manages contractor payroll to ensure that you get […]

HMRC plans to reform IR35

HMRC are exploring options to make the intermediaries legislation (IR35) more effective. details here.

Are you under supervision, direction or control?

HMRC have confirmed that, if you work through an agency, you will be considered to be under supervision, direction or control (or the right thereof) for the purposes of the new legislation surrounding tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses.

The changes which have been proposed and are currently under consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/employment-intermediaries-and-tax-relief-for-travel-and-subsistence will mean that any contractor supplying their personal services, […]

Companies offering 80% – 90% retention figures too good to be true? Government advice

Contractors and freelancers are bombarded by promoters who make claims that they can help individuals take home as much as 80% to 90% of their income. Sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is.

Read more here