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First reported 19 hours ago - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

Spike in IR35 reviews in wake of NHS 'off-payroll' probe

A flurry of requests for IR35 reviews from contractors working in the public sector was yesterday reported by an accountancy firm.ClearSky Contractor Accounting attributed the sudden increase in demand for such contract reviews to fresh controversy over ... [Published Contractor UK - 19 hours ago]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

What IT contractors get asked at interview

If there were only just three questions in the way of landing a freelance technology contract, then the interview process for IT contractors would be much easier to compute, not to mention less daunting.The Four Sets of IT Contractor Interview Questi ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Micro-firms feel too small to be cyber attacked

The hottest IT security skills will get a cold reception from micro-firms who say they are too small to be hit by a cyber attack, at odds with big firms where the risk of one tops the agenda.These findings, taken from two new studies, indicate that in ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Taxman revives his use of winding-up petitions

The taxman has revived his issuing of winding-up petitions against companies with unpaid tax debts, bringing a five-year low in his use of such a recovery method to an end.In fact, figures obtained by commercial financer LDF show that 4,147 winding-up ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

'Pay-up first' tax notices to hit contractors from August

Accelerated Payment Notices from HM Revenue & Customs will begin hitting tax scheme users from August, not July as initially thought.HMRC has specified that such notices, which will tell recipients to pay disputed tax upfront , will be sent out from next ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Contractors' Questions: Is this a pitch to work via a Pyramid-style scheme?

Contractor's Question: A temporary labour ‘solution’ that is based overseas (outside the EU) but which serves the UK contractor market via an affiliate company over here has approached me with a lucrative-sounding proposition.Although potentially interested, ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 17 2014 - 1 reports

HMRC gives up on £3bn in uncollected tax

Taxpayers are being failed by the government’s move to write off billions of pounds in old debt – mostly owed to HM Revenue & Customs – because it says collecting it would be too difficult.Issuing this damning verdict, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 16 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 1 reports

Contractors, be wary of HMRC benchmark letters

It’s long been kept under wraps, but the taxman’s risk assessment process is moving out of the shadows and into taxpayers’ letterboxes in the shape of benchmarking letters, writes Guy Smith, tax investigations manager at Abbey Tax Protection .Benchmarking ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 16 2014]
First reported Jul 16 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 1 reports

Lords seek views from digital contractors

A new House of Lords Committee looking at the country’s digital competitiveness has published its Call for Evidence, outlining how contractors and other interested parties can contribute.The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills says that it will, ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 16 2014]
First reported Jul 15 2014 - Updated Jul 15 2014 - 1 reports

More dodgy company directors put out of business

Company directors are being warned to double-check that they are doing their duties after figures showed a 25% increase in disqualifications against them in the past year.The warning from Pinsent Masons was issued after the legal firm obtained data showing ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 15 2014]
First reported Jul 15 2014 - Updated Jul 15 2014 - 1 reports

Hays CEO's three questions for interview success

Professional job-seekers who want to ‘shift from being a good to a great candidate’ should try to address three questions an interviewer often has in mind, a recruitment boss says.Alistair Cox, chief executive of Hays, admits he used the trio when he ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 15 2014]
First reported Jul 14 2014 - Updated Jul 14 2014 - 2 reports

Contractors' Questions: Is this tax scheme too good to be true?

Contractor’s Question : A company that seems to be based in Switzerland but which serves the UK contractor market is claiming they’d be able to get me an 83% return on my daily rate.The company explains I would retain my own limited company but would ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 14 2014]

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Mr Cobut at Volt agreed: "We are asked a great deal about rates and benchmarking. In [the current] market, we have contractors trying to get the best rate for their time, and we have the client working within budget constraints. Finding a balance between the two is our challenge."
The term 'good faith' was used within the definition of 'Good Industry Practice' ( "… seeking in good faith to comply with contractual obligations… "). However, the requirement to act in accordance with 'Good Industry Practice' was placed on personnel of IBM and not on IBM itself as an organisation."
...rtunately, there are no guarantees when it comes to limiting the possibility of an investigation under IR35 , but one very good guiding principle is "Get your defence in place now.’"
"Because of that," added Mr Harra "it should have been obvious to both promoters and users of this scheme that it could be subject to retrospective action. Our approach to tackling the scheme has now been backed by the courts.”"

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Spike in IR35 reviews in wake of NHS 'off-payro... [Published Contractor UK - 19 hours ago]
What IT contractors get asked at interview [Published Contractor UK - Jul 23 2014]
Taxman revives his use of winding-up petitions [Published Contractor UK - Jul 22 2014]
Micro-firms feel too small to be cyber attacked [Published Contractor UK - Jul 22 2014]
'Pay-up first' tax notices to hit contractors f... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 21 2014]
Contractors' Questions: Is this a pitch to work... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 18 2014]
HMRC gives up on £3bn in uncollected tax [Published Contractor UK - Jul 17 2014]
Lords seek views from digital contractors [Published Contractor UK - Jul 16 2014]
Contractors, be wary of HMRC benchmark letters [Published Contractor UK - Jul 16 2014]
More dodgy company directors put out of business [Published Contractor UK - Jul 15 2014]
Hays CEO's three questions for interview success [Published Contractor UK - Jul 15 2014]
Contractors' Questions: Is this tax scheme too ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 14 2014]
Dividend users alerted to 'pay-up first' tax rule [Published Contractor UK - Jul 14 2014]
IT contractor demand picks up [Published Contractor UK - Jul 11 2014]
Wanted: 15 'awesome' contractors [Published Contractor UK - Jul 11 2014]
How IT contractors are affected by Fujitsu v IB... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 10 2014]
How contractors will fare under contentious IHT... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 10 2014]
Faster train Wi-Fi for commuter contractors [Published Contractor UK - Jul 09 2014]
IR35 enquiry: protecting yourself from HMRC [Published Contractor UK - Jul 09 2014]
Scottish IT contractors reject independence [Published Contractor UK - Jul 07 2014]
Firms urged to up their offers to IT contractors [Published Contractor UK - Jul 07 2014]
Google shows how some brollies are lagging behi... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 04 2014]
EU VAT rule change service to open in October [Published Contractor UK - Jul 03 2014]
Contractors' Questions: What's going on with IT... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 03 2014]
US IT hiring 'broadening and deepening out' [Published Contractor UK - Jul 01 2014]
IT contractors' clients must up their game, or ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 01 2014]
Internet of Things 'yet to figure in IT departm... [Published Contractor UK - Jun 30 2014]
Cash that's life-changing starts at £50,000 [Published Contractor UK - Jun 27 2014]
More women in IT 'could give UK a £2.6bn boost' [Published Contractor UK - Jun 26 2014]
Contractors' Questions: Can I jump from renting... [Published Contractor UK - Jun 25 2014]
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