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NHS Improvement revises guidance on 'IR35 rules'

NHS Improvement revises guidance on 'IR35 rules'

NHS Improvement yesterday published revised guidance on the rules relating to IR35, removing the blanket...
HMRC reveal new tax avoidance scheme

HMRC reveal new tax avoidance scheme

HMRC have revealed details of a new disguised remuneration tax avoidance scheme that attempts to avoid...
Budget 2017: tax avoidance enablers rules to raise £100m in fines

Budget 2017: tax avoidance enablers rules to raise £100m in fines

Fines against enablers of tax avoidance schemes are set to generate an extra £100m for the Exchequer, ...
Spring Budget 2017: 21 point overview

Spring Budget 2017: 21 point overview

Here's a summary of what was announced today in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget to Parliament: 1. T...
Supreme Court rules that holiday pay must be based on basic pay and commission

Supreme Court rules that holiday pay must be based on basic pay and commission

In October 2016, the Court of Appeal ruled, in the British Gas v Lock case, that results-based pay...
OTS Review of VAT and Call for Evidence

OTS Review of VAT and Call for Evidence

Having completed the first phase of their review on the simplification of VAT, the Office of Tax Simplification...
Small Business Commissioner: Process for Handling Complaints

Small Business Commissioner: Process for Handling Complaints

The government has published the planned process and draft regulations for the Small Business Commissioner...
Government shelves Companies House six-year data wipe plan

Government shelves Companies House six-year data wipe plan

Controversial plans for Companies House to delete records of dissolved companies after six years rather...
Flat Rate VAT Scheme Guidance Issued

Flat Rate VAT Scheme Guidance Issued

HMRC has issued guidance on changes to the flat rate VAT scheme which comes into effect from April 2017.  ...
HMRC’s Employment Status Service (ESS) Launched

HMRC’s Employment Status Service (ESS) Launched

No doubt you will already be aware that HMRC’s long awaited digital tool for determining IR35 status, n...
HMRC slams door on two remuneration schemes used to avoid tax

HMRC slams door on two remuneration schemes used to avoid tax

HMRC has added two disguised remuneration structures which used annuities to avoid income tax and national...
VAT flat rate rise will not reduce abuse of system

VAT flat rate rise will not reduce abuse of system

Plans to crackdown on abuse of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) may be ineffective and have unwelcome consequences...
First Freelance announced as ‘Overall Provider of the Year’ at top industry awards

First Freelance announced as ‘Overall Provider of the Year’ at top industry awards

Contractor Accountancy firm, First Freelance, has been selected as the winner of the ‘Overall Provider o...
First Freelance MD, Mark Beal-Preston, elected to new FCSA Board

First Freelance MD, Mark Beal-Preston, elected to new FCSA Board

First Freelance is pleased to announce that its Managing Director, Mark Beal-Preston, has been elected...
DBEIS issues payment reporting guidance

DBEIS issues payment reporting guidance

Ahead of measures coming into force in April 2017, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial...
FCSA responds to off-payroll / IR35 draft legislation

FCSA responds to off-payroll / IR35 draft legislation

FCSA submitted a written response to the draft legislation for the off-payroll / IR35 changes that are...
Making Tax Digital reporting to start in April 2018

Making Tax Digital reporting to start in April 2018

HMRC’s Making Tax Digital reporting plans are to go ahead as planned with an April 2018 launch for q...
Public sector employers to report on gender pay gap

Public sector employers to report on gender pay gap

The government has issued the draft regulations requiring specified public sector employers with at least...
Government starts review of 'gig' economy

Government starts review of 'gig' economy

A team of four experts is preparing to tour the UK to explore how the "gig" economy is affecting workers'...
OTS rejects lookthrough taxation system for small business

OTS rejects lookthrough taxation system for small business

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has rejected the viability of introducing lookthrough taxation...
Holiday pay and commission; latest Court of Appeal ruling re Lock v British Gas

Holiday pay and commission; latest Court of Appeal ruling re Lock v British Gas

This month, the Court of Appeal has concluded that holiday pay should reflect the normal remuneration...
Pensions auto enrolment – are self-employed left behind?

Pensions auto enrolment – are self-employed left behind?

It is now 4 years since pensions auto enrolment was introduced and current data from National Employment...
Review of non-standard employment practices

Review of non-standard employment practices

Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that employment law and practices in the UK will be reviewed,...
BBC presenters under investigation regarding IR35 status

BBC presenters under investigation regarding IR35 status

More than 100 BBC presenters are under investigation for IR35 status and whether they should pay tax...
Making Tax Digital - The Dawn of a New Era

Making Tax Digital - The Dawn of a New Era

L ast year’s Budget set out the government’s bold vision to transform the tax system and bring an end...
National Minimum Wage increases 1 October: What you need to know.

National Minimum Wage increases 1 October: What you need to know.

National minimum wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1 October by between 3% and 4.7% for workers under...
HMRC reviews the success of their Intermediaries Reporting Requirements regime

HMRC reviews the success of their Intermediaries Reporting Requirements regime

In order to understand how the sector has responded to the Intermediaries Reporting Requirements, HMRC...
HMRC sets out proposals to tackle the hidden economy

HMRC sets out proposals to tackle the hidden economy

On 26 August, HMRC published proposals to tackle the hidden economy, promote tax compliance and create...
HMRC’s IR35 tool won’t stand up in court, claims leading tax expert

HMRC’s IR35 tool won’t stand up in court, claims leading tax expert

Contractors could find themselves burdened with tax hikes and diminishing opportunities thanks to the...
FCSA refutes Telegraph’s claims that personal service companies are inappropriate

FCSA refutes Telegraph’s claims that personal service companies are inappropriate

Following a Telegraph report (22nd July 2016) that suggested the BBC has acted inappropriately by allowing...
FCSA set to meet with the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)

FCSA set to meet with the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) had issued two consultations that impact on freelancers operating...
FCSA submits response to HMRC’s off-payroll IR35 consultation

FCSA submits response to HMRC’s off-payroll IR35 consultation

FCSA submitted our joint response to the HMRC off-payroll/IR35 public sector consultation one week ahead...
IR35 Costs: Public sector employers say changes to tax system will cost them.

IR35 Costs: Public sector employers say changes to tax system will cost them.

A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed the belief among public sector...
HMRC issues six digital tax accounts consultations for business, self-employed and landlords

HMRC issues six digital tax accounts consultations for business, self-employed and landlords

HMRC’s long-awaited consultations into how its flagship Making Tax Digital (MTD) strategy will work i...
First Freelance receives prestigious Customer Service Accreditation for two years running.

First Freelance receives prestigious Customer Service Accreditation for two years running.

For a second year, First Freelance has received the Cabinet Award for Customer Service Excellence, with...
Government proposes IR35 reforms in public sector

Government proposes IR35 reforms in public sector

HMRC has released their consultation on reform to the off-payroll IR35 rules for personal service companies...
FCSA visits Number 10

FCSA visits Number 10

Recently, Julia Kermode, CEO of the FCSA had the honour of being invited to meet with David Cameron’s se...
OTS recommendations to simplify tax for small companies

OTS recommendations to simplify tax for small companies

The OTS have published their recommendations for simplifying tax for small companies: Aligning filing...
New HMRC Expenses and Benefits guide issued

New HMRC Expenses and Benefits guide issued

HMRC have issued their latest Booklet 480 “Expenses and benefits: A tax guide” which has been updated for...
Research reveals UK plc. confused about T&S regulations

Research reveals UK plc. confused about T&S regulations

Research has revealed that only 35% of UK hirers are fully conversant with the recent Travel &...
Key announcements impacting contractors in Autumn Statement

Key announcements impacting contractors in Autumn Statement

Key announcements impacting contractors from today’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: Travel a...
FCSA argue the true value of umbrellas for contractors.

FCSA argue the true value of umbrellas for contractors.

Umbrellas have certainly come under some fire over the past year and we’ve all read and heard some b...
UK plc. to pay the price if T&S tax relief goes ahead

UK plc. to pay the price if T&S tax relief goes ahead

Government legislation to deny Travel & Subsistence tax relief for contractors and freelancers...
House of Lords speech comes out in support of FCSA

House of Lords speech comes out in support of FCSA

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill has appealed to the Government to rethink its plans announced in the March...
T&S reform not the end of Umbrella

T&S reform not the end of Umbrella

Travel and subsistence (T&S) reform is not the end of Umbrella Companies says Julia Kermode , CEO...
New Immigration Bill for Autumn 2015: the risks of hiring illegal workers increase

New Immigration Bill for Autumn 2015: the risks of hiring illegal workers increase

A forthcoming Immigration Bill, which is to be implemented during Autumn 2015 , will affect illegal workers,...
FCSA is 'outraged' by government proposals on councillor tax relief

FCSA is 'outraged' by government proposals on councillor tax relief

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has expressed outrage at the government’s a...
REC advise their members to only use FCSA compliant contractor accountancy and umbrella providers

REC advise their members to only use FCSA compliant contractor accountancy and umbrella providers

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has entered into a new working relationship with the...
FCSA’s CEO to speak on compliancy at Recruitment Agency Expo

FCSA’s CEO to speak on compliancy at Recruitment Agency Expo

FCSA’s Chief Executive Julia Kermode has been invited to speak at this year’s Recruitment Agency Exp...
FCSA pursue amendments to legislation

FCSA pursue amendments to legislation

FCSA is urging MPs to show their support for contractors by remedying the errors made in the Finance...
REC Announce First Freelance as a Business Partner

REC Announce First Freelance as a Business Partner

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is pleased to announce that First Freelance has joined...
First Freelance becomes latest FCSA Member

First Freelance becomes latest FCSA Member

FCSA has announced that First Freelance has been accepted as a full member of the Association demonstrating...

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