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Are Office Christmas Parties IR35 Friendly?

Spring Budget U-Turn

As a specialist IR35 accountant, we receive many queries related to office Christmas parties. With talks of Secret Santa, corporate festivities, and the office Christmas party getting more and more frequent in the workplace, it gets very hard for contractors to distance themselves from a client’s internal activities. Despite Christmas being the season to be merry, anyone contracting via a Ltd Company must understand the potential IR35 …

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Why Get an IR35 Contract Review?

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IR35 affects anyone operating via a Ltd company and is something that you should be aware of as a contractor. Anybody thinking of going Ltd or anyone picking up a new contract should understand the importance of the legislation and why getting an IR35 contract review is crucial in building and maintaining a successful contracting career.

Being offered a contract is the starting point…

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HMRC Defeated in Recent IR35 Case

Spring Budget U-Turn

In a time of apparent reform for the IR35 legislation, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs’ charge against non-compliance is stopped in its tracks as they lose First Tier Tax Tribunal against Ltd company contractor.

IR35 cases have never been black and white, but despite their complexities, since HMRC launched dedicated teams tasked solely with enforcing the legislation, the number of investigations in the working status’…

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What is an IR35 Accountant?

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With online information and misinformation on IR35 rife within the industry, we discuss what contractors should look out for when seeking correct information on HMRC’s legislation. With more and more professionals operating via personal service companies, having the right support in place is vital. We take a view of what is an ‘IR35 accountant’.

IR35 Specialists

Ever since the introduction of the intermediaries legislation…

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IR35 and the meaning of MOO

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Demystifying mutuality of obligation

Mutuality of obligation (MOO) is a fundamental aspect of a contract of employment and therefore should rank as an important status test in deciding whether or not a contract falls inside or outside of IR35. HMRC, however, are loathe to discuss the issue and have reduced this factor to a very basic definition as set out in their…

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Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement

How the VAT Flat Rate Scheme changes will affect you

In a week when Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at the CBI conference reassuring UK business of the government’s “unashamedly pro-business” agenda, it was Chancellor Philip Hammond’s turn to deliver his much-awaited first major financial statement on 23 November.

We examine the key points and the impact on contractors.

VAT Flat Rate Scheme Changes

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Service company – a question of responsibility

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As a contractor, you no longer need to worry about the service company question on personal and employer self-assessment tax returns. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has scrapped this much-maligned question – which was essentially trying to capture the salary and dividend income payments made to the contractor by his or her own limited company.

First introduced in 2008, the question as to whether contractors were operating as…

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Travel and Subsistence Changes – What Does it Mean?

Recently proposed travel & subsistence changes reinforce the importance of IR35 compliance.

Ahead of the autumn statement, contractors were wary of George Osbourne’s plans for the LTD company worker, and many had reservations of the future of such a lucrative industry. Following the statement itself however, the Revenue’s approach to contractors was not the knee jerk reaction that some had feared, and only minor changes were proposed surrounding amendments to…

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Summer Budget Introduction

The first Budget after a general election is traditionally the time for introducing unpopular measures. The Chancellor is not constrained by a coalition partner and has nearly five years
until the next election. Mr Osborne’s stated aim is to move the UK from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare economy.

Some of the key tax points…

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IR35 Tip: Working Practises

Anyone who is operating via a limited company, regardless of whether they are a newbie in the industry, or a seasoned veteran, should be made well aware of IR35 and the implications that exist should they be put under scrutiny by HMRC for falling inside the legislation. Qdos has been working alongside contractors for decades, and has been supporting and defending contractors in regards to IR35 since its…

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