HMRC updates IR35 guidance

HMRC has updated its guidance notes on IR35 which should help make things clearer for contractors looking for clarification on the often cloudy subject. Nineteen pages of information have replaced the previous FAQs guide, dividing into more accessible sections filed under ‘Intermediaries legislation’, ‘How it applies to you’, How to work out if it affects…

Flexible working arrangements to expand to all employees

Jobsite claims that new data shows 53% of UK companies are not aware of impending changes to flexible working laws. This month will see the introduction of new changes to the flexible working regulations. Previously, flexible working arrangements could be requested by employees with parental responsibilities if they had worked continuously for their employer for…

Self-employed workers are happiest

New research from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and e-commerce trading site, Etsy, has identified self-employed workers as happier individuals than traditionally employed workers, despite the challenges that working for oneself may involve. The report, entitled ‘Salvation in a Start-Up’, interviewed approximately one thousand microbusinesses, concluding that entrepreneurialism shows no signs of slowing down…

Tax avoidance and tax evasion: what’s the difference?

It seems that not a week goes by without some tax furore hitting the headlines. Most recently, the spotlight has been thrust on the much-loved celebrity and general do-gooder, Gary Barlow of Take That fame, but for all the wrong reasons. With the enduring controversy over multinational corporations like Amazon, Starbucks and Google dodging taxes,…

Does self-employment mask deeper problems within the UK job market?

The debate on self-employment has reared its head once more. With the numbers of self-employed workers in the UK rapidly increasing, there has been much speculation over whether this increase should be attributed to a surge in entrepreneurialism or a dissatisfaction with and desperation over the availability of suitable jobs. The latest research from the…

Government workers compliant with PAYE rules

94% of contractors in the public sector are compliant with new PAYE rules clamping down on illegal use of Personal Service Companies (PSCs). A review of governmental departments has found that only 6% of contractors were found not to be compliant with the Treasury’s new PAYE rules and will subsequently face investigation by HMRC. The…