Do SMEs have better access to finance than before?

, 03 January 2016

If there's anything that contractors and accountants alike have had to deal with, it's access to finance - yet a new report says things are getting better.

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BoE extends Funding for Lending scheme for small businesses

, 06 December 2015

The Bank of England in its infinite wisdom has decided to extend its Funding for Lending scheme to provide more opportunities for small businesses.

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Financial contractors to be in high demand?

, 25 November 2015

Contractor accountants and other self-employed financial workers are likely to be in high demand according to one high-profile recruitment specialist.

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HMRC sends serious signals about tax avoidance clampdown

, 19 November 2015

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs has been dropping some serious hints about going after tax avoidance amongst the affluent.

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Is IR35 going the way of the dodo?

, 12 November 2015

New rumors are swirling that IR35 finally may getting tossed out in the street - but are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

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CIOT tells HMRC to change its approach to IR35

, 05 November 2015

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has had it with Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs when it comes to the approach the tax authority takes to so-called "disguised employment" IR35 rules.

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BIS launches consultation on late payment regulatory changes

, 27 October 2015

In its infinite wisdom, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has finally decided to launch an open consultation on late payment regulation.

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BRCs binned by HMRC, contractors rejoice

, 22 October 2015

Business Record Checks, or BRCs, have been binned by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs after finding that they're just not effective.

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Late payments to contractors higher than ever

, 14 October 2015

Small business owners in the UK - which include contractors - are now owed something like £67.4 billion. This late payments epidemic needs to end!

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Inflation hits ZERO; NS&I to Drop Easy Access ISA Rate

, 16 September 2015

Will the Bank of England up the base rate soon? Maybe. But savers will have a long wait to see any benefit as NS&I drop their ISA interest rate.

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What do you know about Tax Avoidance schemes? Really?

, 09 September 2015

Whether SDC replaces IR35 as the legislation contractors need to be wary of or not, one thing's certain: tax avoidance is high on HMRC's to-do list

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Are HMRC’s offshore tax evasion targets within range?

, 25 August 2015

Yes, we get that HMRC is getting tough on tax evasion. But why do we get the feeling that the Revenue set up is like the blind leading the blind?

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Tax Credits Deadline Passes; Did HMRC Investment Work For You?

, 01 August 2015

This year's tax credit deadline passed yesterday. After last year's debacle, HMRC has invested £45M in customer service. Was it money well spent?

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Tax Evasion: It’s All Greek To You AND The Taxman

, 22 July 2015

Would you know how to best guess the UK's tax gap? No? Neither does the taxman. With contractors singled out to make up the deficit, is it time to panic?

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