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First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

Contractors' Questions: How to fill in confirmation of arrangements template?

Contractor’s Question : My client has responded to my request for a confirmation of arrangements document by providing what looks like a template. From searching online, it appears that such templates are on the websites of IR35 advisories as part of ... [Published Contractor UK - 16 hours ago]
First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

OTS begins employment status review

Contractors and other interested parties will soon be able to have their say to the Office of Tax Simplification on its new review into employment status.Approved by the Treasury last week, the review is of the dividing line between employment and self-employment ... [Published Contractor UK - 16 hours ago]
First reported Jul 29 2014 - Updated Jul 29 2014 - 1 reports

IT candidates 'in the clear' if summer hiring slows

An IT recruitment agency has signalled that any slowdown in technology hiring this summer is unlikely to be the fault of candidates.Randstad Technologies found that on average in August there are 2.4 candidates for every new IT job, against 2.3 in both ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 29 2014]
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated Jul 29 2014 - 1 reports

HMRC warns contractors over offshore loan scheme

IT contractors are among 16,000 individuals who have been given six months to come forward to the taxman or risk paying more, having used an offshore scheme that avoided £176m a year in tax.Unveiling the settlement opportunity , HM Revenue & Customs said ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 28 2014]
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated Jul 28 2014 - 1 reports

Contractors' Questions: Can I go 'Ltd' on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

Contractor’s Question : I have applied for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. With this visa, I am not permitted to get a job in the UK directly, but I think I can be employed as a contractor through my own limited company – is this right? If so, can I apply ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 28 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

What the taxman isn't telling you about APNs

Fresh guidance on Follower Notices (FNs) and Accelerated Payment Notices (APNs) has been published by HMRC which, in effect, is telling contractors that they’re damned if they do, and damned if they don’t, writes Lisa Keeble, founder of Contractor Umbrella ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Watchdog attacks HMRC over Aspire IT contract

The taxman’s Aspire IT contract will come in at more than twice original estimates because he ‘lacked commercial rigour’, such as by paying over the odds for work he didn’t initially envision.Evidencing its damning verdict, the National Audit Office calculated ... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 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 - Jul 24 2014]
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 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.’"

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OTS begins employment status review [Published Contractor UK - 16 hours ago]
Contractors' Questions: How to fill in confirma... [Published Contractor UK - 16 hours ago]
IT candidates 'in the clear' if summer hiring s... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 29 2014]
HMRC warns contractors over offshore loan scheme [Published Contractor UK - Jul 28 2014]
Contractors' Questions: Can I go 'Ltd' on a Tie... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 28 2014]
Watchdog attacks HMRC over Aspire IT contract [Published Contractor UK - Jul 25 2014]
What the taxman isn't telling you about APNs [Published Contractor UK - Jul 25 2014]
Spike in IR35 reviews in wake of NHS 'off-payro... [Published Contractor UK - Jul 24 2014]
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]
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