Serious defaulters rise again; the taxman means business

, 22 May 2015

This time two years ago, HMRC had close on 1,100 individuals and businesses on its MSD programme. Come the end of the 2014/15 fiscal year, that number stood at five-and-a-half times that amount. In total, 6,051 taxpayers are under extreme scrutiny, according to Baker Tilly. The accountants requested the data under the freedom of information […]

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What would Scottish fiscal autonomy mean for contractors?

, 20 May 2015

Whether there's a second Scottish independence referendum may be irrelevant for contractors. 100% fiscal autonomy may still mean more taxation.

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Will Self-Employed NICs be Tories Get Out Of Jail Free Card?

, 13 May 2015

With the Conservatives promising NICs, VAT and income tax freeze, where will they turn to raise funds? Run a limited company? Be prepared!

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Sage advice for start-ups and entrepreneurs

, 12 May 2015

With so much self-employment, do we need large, bespoke accounting packages? Here are the insights into Sage's study: State of the Startup 2015

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The Government’s Guide to Becoming Self-Employed

, 30 April 2015

Where better to get small business advice than the taxman? In the most recent updates, HMRC adds new "getting started" webinar dates, and more.

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HMRC to err on the side of wrath with penalties

, 15 April 2015

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs is likely to be erring on the side of wrath when it comes to penalties, deciding harsh fees are best for errors in tax returns.

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Economist loses his mind over tax avoidance campaigning

, 13 April 2015

A pre-eminent economist is slowly but surely losing his mind after being bombarded with General Election rhetoric concerning tax avoidance plans from parties.

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New financial year, new tax rules: HMRC issues reminder

, 08 April 2015

In case you've completely forgotten that the new tax year has rolled around - and with it comes new tax rules - HMRC has seen fit to remind us all.

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HMRC’s diminished capacity wreaks havoc with IR35

, 01 April 2015

Diminished capacity at Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs has been wreaking havoc lately with the tax authority's ability to enforce IR35 and other matters.

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Government offers new guidance to the self-employed

, 30 March 2015

The Government in its infinite wisdom has decided to offer new guidance for the self-employed like freelancers and contractors to help set things straight.

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IPSE: tread carefully over tax relief changes, please

, 25 March 2015

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed has asked the Government to tread carefully when it comes to incoming tax relief changes.

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Prime Minister vows to tackle EU VAT issues for contractors

, 23 March 2015

Prime minister David Cameron has vowed to take on EU VAT issues that crop up when it comes to contractors, freelancers and other sole traders in the UK.

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This is what contractors want from today’s Budget

, 18 March 2015

While Chancellor George Osborne drones on today about the new Budget, here's what contractors, freelancers and other small business owners would like to hear.

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HMRC may lack resources to follow through on the new Budget

, 16 March 2015

While George Osborne's new Budget will have some new regulations in it to crack down on tax avoidance, some wonder if HMRC has the resources to follow through.

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