Contractor wellbeing series: top tips to integrate self-care into life as a contractor

There are big advantages to going self-employed such as having more control over your time and work. But with the fast-paced lifestyle, most of us have today, experiencing stress from time-to-time is a normal part of life. So it doesn’t hurt to incorporate some self-care habits into your day-to-day routine to help you avoid unnecessary…

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…

Contractor wellbeing series: confidence has surged in the sector despite economic uncertainty

The latest Confidence Index from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) and PeoplePerHour has revealed that British contracting professionals show the brightest and most confident outlook on their future since before the Brexit vote. Despite the uncertainty of today’s climate from trepidation for the outcome of Brexit and economic pressures to outstanding…

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%…

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…

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…