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HMRC reveals employment intermediaries dropbox plans

According to new details unearthed by APSCo, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs has created an email address for the express purpose of employment intermediaries.

More specifically, HMRC’s new email will be for anyone to chime in with news of models being promoted as alternatives to the new employment intermediaries legislation changes. This is a case of ‘about time’ for many concerned Brits, as the furore over the creation of an email address to report cases of false employment has been raging for quite some time now. 

As with anything, if you create a new way to do something there will be someone out there that will try to find ways around not having to do it. This has led to the creation of many new so-called ‘hybrid’ models to circumvent the legislation – and while there’s obviously many different ways to skin a cat not all of them involve deliberate avoidance of the law. Still, if there’s any doubt, HMRC wants to know about it so these hybrid schemes can be investigated and eliminated if they’re relying upon questionable methods.

So here’s the new email address, as discovered by APSCo: it’s employment.intermediaries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk. Now, don’t go ahead and use this email for tax evasion or tax avoidance, though – while the taxman will obviously appreciate your diligence in reporting people or companies not paying their fair share, there are other hotlines you can use instead.

Now, is this hotline a good idea? I would think so. There’s been a bit of a row over the new employment intermediaries legislation with plenty of back and forth but in essence it’s important for HMRC to sift out which intermediaries are being used legitimately and which are just being created and operated in an effort to obfuscate the tax burden of large firms and contractors alike. Will the new rules be successful? If you ask me, I’m cautiously optimistic but I won’t really commit to any concrete answer. That’s just because I’m hedging my bets here so I can say ‘I told you so’ when things go pear-shaped later – or even if they don’t!

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