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IR35: Contractor wins battle against HMRC

A contractor working for the government through an agency has won his First-Tier Tribunal case against HMRC, raising new questions over the government’s own understanding and policing of the rules. Jensal Software Limited v Revenue & Customs considered the working arrangement  in which Ian Wells provided business analyst services through a personal service company (Jensal Software Limited) via an agency

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New laws to protect home addresses at Companies House

A change to data suppression laws will help you or your clients remove their home addresses from publicly available company documents. The law has been changed to make it easier to remove home addresses from the company register. This applies to company directors and others such as secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members, whose home address is

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Employers caught out by National Minimum Wage rules

HMRC’s enforcement teams successfully recovered £15.6m for some 200,000 workers not paid the national minimum wage in the year to April. These figures compare with recoveries in the previous year of £10.9m for 98,000 workers. HMRC launched its online complaints service in January 2017, and this has contributed to the 132% increase in the number of complaints received over the

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Accounting salaries rise, as competition for the top candidates remains fierce

Advertised salaries across the accounting industry rose by 4.3% increase in April, with job vacancies rising by 17.8%, according to the latest data from CV-Library. The data explored fluctuations in salaries, jobs and applications throughout the month and compared these with statistics from the same period in 2017. While the country as a whole saw salaries rising by 2% year-on-year,

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HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings. The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to

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Assets to be seized from employers that snub workplace pension fines

Employers that refuse to pay workplace pension fines could have their assets seized to pay their debts. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) issues fines to employers that fail to meet their automatic enrolment duties and can secure court orders if the debts are not paid. TPR is to now appoint High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) to enforce court orders in England

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Small Business Taskforce sets out 10-point demand to government

IPSE and a collective of small business representative bodies and think tanks has set out 10 demands to government in a series of ministerial visits. The Small Business Taskforce, made up of 11 organisations representing two million small firms and self-employed individuals, will raise manifesto points in upcoming meetings with Ministers and policy makers. The paper sets out 10 recommendations it believes need to happen in

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HMRC to delay introduction of new digital services for individuals

HMRC has said its switch in focus to Brexit is the main reason why it is to delay plans to introduce more digital services for individuals. HMRC has admitted it was ‘overly ambitious’ about the number of individuals who would stop contacting the department by phone and post after it introduced digital channels.  At the same time, HMRC has been

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Companies House warning over scam emails

Companies House are warning that some people have received fraudulent emails claiming to be from them. A spokesman said: “We’re aware that some customers have received suspicious emails about company complaints. These emails are not from us. The email is sent from ‘noreply@cpgov.uk’ with the following message: “If you receive any emails from this sender, forward them to phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk as

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