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700,000 Missed Tax Return Deadline


Here at Contractor Accountants we have talked about the tax return deadline a lot. “Get your tax return in by 31st January,” we said.

Despite our constant nagging, it seems there are many of you out there who are not listening.

You see…the 31st January has now passed, and according to HMRC there were 700,000 who didn’t get their tax return in on time.

I’m sure many of those 700,000 are contactors, and I’m even more sure that many of those contractors read our blog on our weekly basis.

If you are one of the 700,000 then what gives, man? You’ve read our blog post on “ridiculous tax return excuses” and you’ve heard us warn you about the “£100 fine” for a late tax return.

Maybe you just can’t be bothered to do it yourself? That’s cool, dude. We get it. And that is why we recommend you hire a contractor accountant to do it all for you.

The bad news is there is nothing you can do about the £100 now. That ship has sailed and there is no getting onboard. You will just have to grin and bear it and write out a cheque.

The good news is that you can still hire a contractor accountant to do your tax return. Even though you are nearly 1 week late there are our trusty contractor accountants waiting on standby to start doing your books and filling in those forms.

Sure, some of our trusted and recommended accountants are off on their holidays and sunning themselves in the Bahamas Their busy season is now officially over and they are drinking pina coladas as we speak.

On the other hand, some accountants have stopped behind in the UK to deal with the “late filers.” They have their suitcase packed, you can bet on that…but they are not taking off just yet, which means you have a short window of opportunity to get your tax return sorted out once and for all.

Hurry though, because once all of the contractor accountants are sitting on the beach then you won’t be able to find one for love or money.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though. Despite 700,000 of you missing the deadline, according to HMRC there was 93% of tax payers who DID get their tax return in on time.

A spokesperson for HMRC said this was their best result ever, and in their opinion, it had a lot to do with 2 quacking ducks.

Apparently their advertising featured 2 ducks quacking “tax.”

“Genius,” is all we can say here at Contractor Accountants.

Maybe next year they could hire Donald Duck?

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Bizarre Late Tax Return Excuses (2019 Edition)


It’s that time of the year again. A time for sending in your tax return by the 31st January..or making up an excuse why you can’t.

Here at Contractor Accountants it has become a yearly ritual to list the best (or worst) excuses for missing the tax return deadline.

Some of these reasons are just downright bizarre if you ask us, but that didn’t stop people from trying it on with HMRC.

Coming in at number 1 (in our opinion) is the guy who was “too short to reach the post box.”

This means he couldn’t post his tax return, which in turn means he missed the deadline. I guess finding someone taller to post it for him was just a step too far?

He should have hired a contractor accountant to get the job done. Research shows that not only are they the best (when it comes to doing tax returns) but they are also above average in height (over 6 ft).

Another self employed person who failed to get their tax return in on time decided to blame the maid(s).

Apparently, the first maid left, and then the second maid stole goods from the house, while the third maid was very slow to learn.

Needless to say this guy was stressed about the situation and didn’t have time to bother about a tax return.

Moral of the story: Pay your maid well and everything will be ok.

How about some other bizarre excuses? Well, there was one woman who couldn’t find her tax return form because she couldn’t find her glasses. It really does make you wonder how she can even find her way down stairs in the morning.

Another guy had the unfortunate luck of no heating in his home due to a broken boiler. Guess what? His house became so cold his fingers were too cold to type, so no tax return was filled in.

What he should have done is hired a contractor accountant to do the tax return for him. The last time I checked, all of our recommended contractor accountants have the heating up full blast at this time of the year, which means warm hands around the clock.

Those warm hands are also “expert hands” who have years of experience of getting your tax return in on time. You don’t have to do anything, just leave it to a contractor accountant.

As you might have guessed by now…all of these excuses were firmly rejected by HMRC, which means all of the above contractors, freelancers and self employed people were hit with a fine for submitting their tax return late.

A fine of £100 to be exact, and if you still don’t send it in? Then expect more fines until you do.

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“DO IT NOW!” – Tax Return Warning


If you want to abide by the law and not get in trouble, then listen up, because what I’m about to say is very important.

As you may or may not be aware, it is the time of the year for doing tax returns, with the 31st of January being the deadline to get it in.

Now I know what you are probably thinking – “The 31st of January is 21 days away. I’ve got more than enough time to get this done.”

Perhaps, but if you want my advice…”DO IT NOW!”

Just like that homework you used to put off years ago. You waited and waited and waited…and then waited some more. And then, on the morning it was due you still had not done it.

Back then the teacher might have given you a firm caning for forgetting your homework.

However, while the HMRC are not quite as sadistic, they still punish you for forgetting your “homework” and missing the tax return deadline.

You can expect an immediate fine of £100 for being forgetful, followed by even more charges up to a maximum of £900 over the next few months.

Not only that, but HMRC also have the power to slap you with even more fines if they see fit. You could end up paying way more than you should, which is why you should take action now.

The best way to fill in your tax return is on the HMRC official website. You do everything online and send it off straight away. There is nothing complicated.

Or if you don’t have the time or you just can’t be bothered, then you should hire a contractor accountant.

The best contractor accountants can do your tax return for you and make sure it is sent in on time. No problem at all.

With that being said, the best contractor accountants are very much in demand at this time of the year. Many of them work around the clock to make sure their clients are looked after and their tax returns are completed, but there are still only so many hours in the day.

If you look to the right of the page then you will see our recommended contractor accountants. The best of the best.

All of these contractor accountants can do your tax return, but they only have limited spaces remaining.

So take our advice and “DO IT NOW!” and hire a contractor accountant today.

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Turkey + Tax Return = A Contractor Christmas


Most people are happy with just turkey on Christmas day. A chance to eat as much as they can and spend time with family.

Contractors, on the other hand, are a different breed. Sure, they sit down to turkey and mash potato just like regular people but that is where the parallels stop.

While ordinary folk spend most of Christmas and New Year eating turkey, the vast majority of contractors are hard at work making sure their tax affairs are in order.

For example, according to official statistics from HMRC there was 2,616 online self assessments filed on Christmas day, and I’m willing to bet you a large portion of these people were contractors.

It is you, the hard working contractor who always wants to make sure the HMRC is paid in full and on time, and if that means doing your tax return immediately after a turkey dinner and before Christmas pudding…then so be it.

During the peak time of turkey eating (1pm to 2pm) on Christmas Day there was 230 online tax returns sent in. This means some contractors are skipping the turkey and trimmings altogether, and getting straight down to work just like it is any other day.

These contractors probably have no time for presents, and no time for the Queens speech. Do they even know its Christmas? Probably not.

But they get the job done, and by sending in their tax return at Christmas they make sure everything is sorted way before the 31st January deadline.

Boxing day was just as popular for sending in those self assessment forms to HMRC. According to official statistics, a total of 8,465 people connected to the internet and did their tax return, and of course, many of those thousands would have been contractors.

If you are reading this now and you have not done your tax return yet, then don’t fret, because there is still time and you are not late to the party…yet.

However, if you leave it much longer then you will be late. In fact, you will be just like the guy who arrives in fancy dress to a party that isn’t fancy dress. If you see what I mean.

The 31st of January is this years deadline for self assessment and if you didn’t get it sorted over Christmas then my advice is to do it now.

And if you can’t be bothered to do it? Then hire a contractor accountant.

If you pay them enough money then they will do everything for you, including sending in your tax return.

Find the best contractor accountants, right now, by looking to the right hand side of the page.

Make sure you hurry though, because the demand for the top contractor accountants is crazy at this time of year (as you can imagine) and there is only a limited amount of spaces on their books. So you must act now.

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Tax Bill Payment…DECLINED!


Its that time of year again. The end of the year. A time for giving, sharing, and paying…the HMRC what you owe.

The HMRC don’t care if you have “spent up” on Christmas presents and Santa Costumes. They want paying, and they want paying very soon.

Bizarrely, they recently sent out a letter to the UK 5 million self employed and gave everyone some outdated information about how to pay their tax bill.

One of the options to pay is by Credit Card, they said.

We say…WRONG!

Another option is to pay at the Post Office, over the counter, they said.

We say…WRONG!

This information is just wrong, wrong, wrong. It couldn’t get anymore wrong. Although its you, the innocent contractor, freelancer, gig worker or self employed business person who is going to suffer.

For example, if you leave your tax bill payment to the last minute and then to decide to whip out your credit card. Guess what? You will be met with a DECLINED alarm.

Another example: You go for a walk down to your local post office with a carrier bag of cash and try to pay your tax bill over the counter. Guess what? The post office manager is going to laugh in your face and then laugh you out of the door.

“I will just take a first class stamp then,” you will say…followed by “HOW MUCH?”

Back to tax bill payment options and using your credit card was was withdrawn by HMRC in January of 2018, while taking away the Post Office as an option was removed in December of 2017.

So why are HMRC still sending out the wrong information? According to them, they are in the middle of changing print suppliers and wanted to save costs. However, this has led to a right old mix up which could leave thousands of contractors with a late payment fee.

My advice on this saga? Don’t deal with HMRC directly and never attempt to pay your tax bill on your own.

Instead, you should hire a contractor accountant to do it all for you. All you have to do is pay them a small fee every month and you never even see your tax return or tax bill.

These expert contractor accountants know that credit cards and post office branches are out. You won’t ever get caught with your pants down while a contractor accountant is behind you.

While the HMRC have been sending out the wrong information, it must be noted they are now attempting to rectify the situation by sending out additional leaflets with the CORRECT information.

Then, once they have changed print suppliers we should never see this mistake again.

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ALERT: New HMRC Scam Targets Uni Students


It seems these fake HMRC scammers (phishers) don’t give up. They keep reeling in victims, and this time its Uni Students who are the target.

Up and down the country, there are millions of uni students who are packing a bag and going home for the holidays. A break from the endless study, no doubt. A chance to kick back, relax, and have a few alcoholic drinks. A chance to relax.

In the midst of this is a simple letter. It looks official. There is the initials “HMRC” on the envelope. The Uni students opens it right up, and they quickly see the words…

“You Are Due a Tax Refund!”

That is like poetry to the eyes a uni student. They have been struggling financially all year long and now a chance to get a few thousand quid in their bank account.

So they don’t even question it.

“It’s official. It’s from HMRC,” they say.

Unfortunately, it is anything but official. It is very unofficial and downright wrong.

Yes it is the handy work of those fraudsters yet again. Regular readers of the Contractor Accountant Blog will be well aware of them by now.

What they are doing is sending out fake tax refund letters to uni students around the country, and then using this bait to get personal details, bank details, and to steal money.

The thing is…these fake HMRC are very clever in the way they setup the scam. It’s the small details that make all the difference.

For example, they use what appear to be genuine university email addresses to send out emails as a follow up to the letter, and they also send out texts to phones as a reminder. Everything looks totally legitimate.

And of course, the uni student is in the middle of getting ready to go back home for the holidays, so its easy to get caught up in the scam without giving it too much thought.

However, Christmas is not going to come early for any uni student that falls for the scam, and instead, they are going to become yet another victim to these scammers.

Here at CA we realise that many of these uni students are the future foundation of our contractor economy.

They are the future readers of the Contractor Accountant Blog, and the future customers of our recommended contractor accountants.

So if you are reading this…uni student…then our advice is hire a contractor accountant and let them deal with the HMRC and anything tax related. Our expert contractor accountants can spot a scam a mile off. You are safe with them.

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You Kante Be Serious?


Tax is a subject we talk a lot about on this blog. Tax, tax, tax…and more tax…we just can’t shut up about it.

You will have heard us talk about big companies such as Amazon and Apple, who pay virtually NO tax here on British shores.

You will have also heard us talk about big name football stars such as Ronaldo and Messi who tried to get away from their tax duties by setting up offshore accounts.

That’s why it comes as a surprise when we have just heard about Premiership football star N’Golo Kante. The famous Chelsea player who has just signed a new £290,000 a week deal with the Blues.

Not bad money if you can get it…but get this…Kante has made it clear that he will pay HMRC every single penny they are owed.

In other words, he won’t be trying to send his money away in some kind of offshore bank account and he won’t get involved in some kind of dodgy film finance scheme (Sorry Rooney).

Now, Kante will pocket a cool 15 million from his new deal with Chelsea, which means the tax man or woman will come knocking for around £6.7 million in tax.

Here is the interesting part. This means our man Kante will pay MORE tax than Amazon.

That’s right. You heard it here first.

Last year Amazon only paid £1.7 million pounds to HMRC, despite the fact they rake in billions all around this country of ours.

Many pundits have hit out at the online shopping giant, but so far, nothing has been done to find out exactly why their contribution to HMRC is so low.

On the other hand, N’Golo Kante is only making 15 million, but he has no problems paying his due and writing out a cheque payable to “HMRC.”

“6.7 million pounds only” – he will write on that cheque, and then, with a first class stamp on the front of the envelope he will pop it in the postbox at the top of his street.

“Back of the net!” he may even say, as he pops it in.

But is Kante going to be scoring an own goal? In the opinion of us here at Contractor Accountants…maybe.

Why? Because although his intention is no doubt a noble one, we think he should at least try to save a bit of that £6.7 million tax bill.

Not much, just a bit.

The good news is that Kante doesn’t have to do anything dodgy. Everything will be completely above board.

All he has to do is hire a contractor accountant. They might be able to bring his tax bill down to £4.7 million at a guess. A saving of 2 million pounds…at a guess.

Everything legal. Everything down the straight and narrow.

Kante still gets to do the right thing and pay into the system, but at the same time he saves a bit of money. For that…we would salute him.

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A Right Royal Tax Mess


If your average contractor has to pay tax, then so should the Duchess of Sussex…And she does…directly to HMRC.

We are talking about Meghan Markle of course. The American woman who married into the Royal Family and became a Duchess.

But is her fairytale wedding about to turn into a Royal nightmare? Indeed it might.

You see, despite raking in the cash over here on British shores, Meghan is still an American Citizen, which means she might have to kick up cash to Uncle Sam to avoid the FBI knocking on her front door.

Some pundits are even suggesting that her husband, our very own Prince Harry, might even have to hand over a slice of his fortune to the USA tax people.

The reason? Because now they are husband and wife, a joint bank account is no doubt firmly in place, with both of their names on the chequebook.

They joined together at the altar…and joined their incomes together…before joining their bank accounts…but now…they might just have to pay…

Joint Tax!!

40% of their income to HMRC and 40% of their income to Uncle Sam = only 20% left for holidays and shopping trips. Not good.

Harry and Meghan. No. Excuse me…Prince and Duchess…

If you reading this blog post then please allow me to make a suggestion, your highness.

If you are getting hit in the pocket on both sides of the Atlantic then how about hiring a contractor accountant? Stay with me on this one.

The best contractor accountants can legally save you money on tax. How much? How about 20%. Some people are saving even more. And its all legal. Completely straight and narrow.

These contractor accountants are treated just like Royalty in the accounting world, and for good reason…because if they can save you, or anybody, 20% on their tax bill then they really are the Kings and Queens.

They might even be able to sort out that Royal tax mess on the other side of the pond. We can’t guarantee it. You will have to speak with one of the trusted contractor accountants we recommend to find out.

“Just give them a call,” is what we say. They will take calls from contractors, freelancers, self employed gig workers…and yes, even the Prince and Duchess.

You might even want to let your Dad know about these “accountants with the magic touch.” No, they are not court jesters. So please don’t treat them like that.

If you look to the right hand side of the page…right now…then you will find the very best contractor accountants. Fit for a King, or Prince, or Duchess.

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BEWARE of Trainee Accountants


Every accountant has to start somewhere To learn the trade and the tricks of the trade, so that some day, they can be called…

A contractor accountant! The best of the best!!

That is what every trainee accountant dreams about. It is the goal they imagine every night before bed and every morning before going in the shower.

“I will become a contractor accountant,” they say, over and over again.

However, there are some trainee accountants who don’t want to become part of the elite. They are not interested in being one of the top dogs who contractors throw money at.

Instead, they would prefer to use their naivety as a spring board to commit..

Daylight Robbery!

This comes on the back of a story about a trainee accountant who used his position to steal £30,952 in VAT.

He didn’t have to rob a bank or snatch a handbag. He didn’t even have to do anything fancy.

All he did was create fake invoices and then, BOOM, he started getting cash directly into his bank account.

Sneaky but clever, but totally illegal and against the law. The kind of underhand tactics a cunning trainee accountant would use again and again, no doubt, if they could get away scott free.

Fortunately the HMRC are wise to this kind of thing. They watch everything, and are ready to pounce as soon as they have enough evidence to convict.

Those 12 fake invoices created by the trainee accountant put HMRC on high alert, and it wasn’t long before they sent in the cops.

A spokesperson for HMRC had this to say – “Edmonson abused his financial knowledge, his employer’s trust and the public purse. He cooked up a batch of fake invoices to steal from the taxpayer, and now has a criminal records to show for his greed.”

So the rogue trainee accountant had his day in court and the punishment? 12 months in the slammer for VAT offences and a further 8 months for money laundering. All at her Majesty’s pleasure.

Or is it? Reports have just come in that his sentence has been suspended for 18 months, and in the meantime he will have to do 200 hours of community service.

If he keeps his nose clean then he won’t have to spend a single night behind bars.

While I do believe in giving this trainee accountant a second chance, I also think he should have to spend at least a few months in a UK prison.

Maybe some hard labour would do him the world of good and he would never think about committing fraud ever gain.

He would then become trustworthy. Someone you could put your trust in.

Just like our contractor accountants. Everything above board. Accountants you can rely on. The best of the best!!

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Making Tax Digital for VAT – Get Your Pilots License


You’ve heard us talk about Making Tax Digital many times right here on this blog. “Will it…Won’t it?” We have pondered many times.

Well, it appears that Making Tax Digital has been awarded the Green Light and all systems are go.

More specifically, it is the Making Tax Digital for VAT which has just been launched as a Pilot Version, with plans for it to become fully functional in April of next year.

The good news is that you can get your Pilots License from HMRC and take their new Pilot for a spin and see if it meets your standards.

If it doesn’t, then HMRC want to hear about it. No doubt there are still going to be a few gremlins in the system, which means they need Pilots such as yourself to really put the system through its paces.

To qualify for Making Tax Digital for VAT (Pilot Version) you should be registered for VAT and have a turnover of 85,000 pounds or above. If you meet this criteria then you are all set to start using the Making Tax Digital software.

According to HMRC, this whole Making Tax Digital thing will make it as easy as pie for businesses and self employed people around the country to get their taxes done, on time, each and every year.

This includes contractors and freelancers of course. And if you are a contractor making over £85,000 a year and you are registered for VAT, then you should also get your Pilots License and give Making Tax Digital for VAT a try.

Or you could just let your contractor accountant handle the whole thing. They have a Master Pilots License. There is no doubt about that. If they flew a real plane then it would be a luxury private jet fit for a King or Queen.

Don’t just let any old accountant handle your Making Tax Digital affairs. Most accountants are like the Pilots that fly budget airlines such as Easy jet and Ryan Air. Sure, they are not bad Pilots…but they are nothing compared to the Elite.

Our very own contractor accountants are the elite…you can take our word on that one.

So what are you waiting for? It’s expected that around half a million businesses and self employed people will eventually get signed up for the Making Tax Digital for VAT party. And once the system is ironed out then it should be easier than ever before to file your taxes.

Gone are the days of filling out forms and then sending it in the post. Have you seen the prices of stamps these days anyway?

Say hello to the new era…the Making Tax Digital era…where all you need is a computer, internet connection and…a contractor accountant.

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Remember…Remember…The 5th of October


Write this date on your calender folks…the 5th of October. Why? Because it’s the deadline for 2017/2018 Self Assessment.

That’s right. If you are planning to submit a self assessment for the first time then it MUST be done by the 5th of October 2018. No excuses.

HMRC have just sent out a press release reminding all of you first timers to get your skates on. At the time of writing, you only have 10 days to visit the official HMRC website and get signed up. The clock is ticking.

Once you do sign up then you are all set and are free to complete your tax return for the 2017/2018 tax year and then send it in by the 31st January 2019 deadline.

If this is your first time then it might all seem a bit confusing, but trust me, it really isn’t. Especially if you have a contractor accountant on your side.

That would be my advice anyway. Hire a contractor accountant…even if you are not a contractor.

Forget about those general accountants. Most of them don’t know their elbow from their ankle.

A contractor accountant, on the other hand, is the perfect choice for someone doing self assessment for the first time.

They will do most of the heavy lifting for you. Which means all you have to do is lie back and think of England…or Scotland..or Wales…or even Northern Ireland. Anywhere in the UK basically.

Not sure if you should be doing self assessment? Then you need to get yourself to the Self Assessment page on the HMRC official website. You can access that page on your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So there really is no excuses for not checking.

HMRC have also prepared some high quality content to help you through the self assessment process. You can find webchats, webinars, YouTube videos and social media posts across their network. So make sure you check it all out.

Here at Contractor Accountants we know a thing or two about high quality content. Just take a look through our weekly blog posts and you will see what I mean.

If you are just beginning your self employment journey then I would suggest checking in here at Contractor Accountants on a weekly basis…even if you are not a contractor.

Sure, we specialise in blog posts for contractors, but we also welcome freelancers, small business owners, gig workers…everybody!

Even if you are not self employed, but just thinking about becoming your own boss, then reading our blog posts on a weekly basis is 10 minutes well spent if you ask me.

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They Gave Tax the Red Card


Football refs. Love them or hate them you must admit the game couldn’t exist without them. They make a nice chunk of change as well.

Not as much as your top Premiership stars of course, but still a decent pay packet for running about and blowing a whistle on a Saturday afternoon.

Did you know that most referees are actually self employed? That’s right. Just like you, a Premiership referee has to fill in his own tax return or get an accountant to do it.

Some reports have even suggested that refs and players recommend accountants to each other on the pitch.

“That’s a yellow card for you Rooney…I would have given you a red…but you did recommend Contractor Accountants to me…so I will let you off,” is something which could have been said.

However, the HMRC didn’t like the idea of self employed football referees. In their opinion refs should be employed and they should have to pay more tax.

Well, the refs and HMRC couldn’t agree on who was right and who was wrong. The only way to decide was to take the matter to court.

Who won? After a long court battle it is the refs who have taken that red card firmly out of their pocket and shoved it in the face of more tax.

In the courtroom on that day, all of the members of PGMOL were there and dressed in their referee kits with whistles in hand.

As the judge slammed down the hammer and said “NOT GUILTY,” they all started to blow their whistles in celebration.

“Be QUIET,” the judge might have said, because we know how much they like silence in the courtroom.

PGMOL stands for Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and they are representing football referees when it comes to the subject of tax.

The initial £584,000 penalty charge has now been dropped by HMRC. That is one penalty the refs did not want to give, I’m sure.

“That was never a penalty” Alan Hansen might have said from his home in Scotland.

Of course, Alan is no longer on Match of the Day, although he still likes to give his opinion.

“You can’t win anything with kids,” he famously once said. He was wrong.

Here at Contractor Accountants we say…”you can’t give a penalty against a referee.”

We also say that all football referees might just want to visit one of our trusted accountants found on the right side of the page you are reading right now.

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Tax Firm to the Stars…Faced With £50 Million Bill From HMRC


When you do the books for celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Beckham then you expect a bit of the limelight.

It comes with the territory…celebs = red carpets and camera’s flashing, plus millions of pounds going through their bank accounts. You expect a bit of that to rub off on you.

A tax firm that goes by the name Ingenious Media no doubt expected that when people such as Mr Beckham walked into their offices and handed over his accounts.

“I have 1 column for income and 1 column for expenses,” he could have said, and although that is certainly a simple system, it still pays to have experts go over everything and check the numbers are in order.

Just like the accountants and tax firms listed right here at Contractor Accountants DOT Com. They are all methodical in their approach, and even when doing the books for footballers and musical stars, they treat them just like your ordinary contractor.

It doesn’t matter if you have 100 caps for England or 100 Grandad caps in your sock draw…our recommended contractor accountants will treat you all equally and fairly.

Back to the story and it appears that Ingenious Media have been accused by HMRC of helping their famous and wealthy clients pay less tax…using loophole tax breaks by investing in the British Film Industry.

That sounds above board, you would think, but according to HMRC it is far away from being above board.

In fact, they are accusing Ingenious Media of being downright under hand, to the point where they are now demanding $50 million quid in cash, directly into their bank account. No cheques allowed.

Not one to back down, Ingenious Media are fighting back against the allegations and are expected to take the matter into a court of law.

Who knows which side of the hammer a judge will slam down when giving out the verdict? The one thing I do know is that I’m sure they will consider all of the facts and evidence before coming to a decision

It seems the famous are always in the news when it comes to tax, doesn’t it? Especially footballers.

Who can forget Lionel Messi and his messy tax situation, or Ronaldo and his brush with Spanish authorities. They both nearly ended up in prison of course, but they paid a fine instead.

Fortunately our main man Wayne Rooney is well out of this now. Sure, he’s had his tax problems in the past, but now he is at the other side of the Atlantic and keeping his tax affairs all above board.

Apparently when he arrived in Washington DC he said to his wife, Coleen…

“Here we are in Washington…let’s go and visit Donald.”

“Donald Trump?” she replied.

“No silly…Donald Duck!”

No matter which Donald our man Rooney eventually meets…as long as he sticks with Contractor Accountants he will be just fine.

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Can’t Pay? HMRC Will Eventually Take It Away


Money laundering and VAT fraud were two crimes committed by a Preston man way back in 2015. HMRC were not impressed.

As soon as they caught this guy with his hand in the cookie jar they took him directly to court, and not surprisingly he was found guilty.

The judge slammed down that faithful hammer and ordered the Preston man to repay a staggering £590,000 for his crimes.

“I don’t have that kind of cash on me right now,” he is thought to have replied.

HMRC realised that a cheque wasn’t going to land in their mailbox anytime soon, although they did “reserve the right” to chase up payment at a later date.

Fast forward to 2018 and our man in Preston thought he was Scott free. He was living the life of riley with his feet up and playing online poker, day and night.

Then one day recently he struck it big it on the online poker tables…and with a pair of aces in his virtual hand he scooped up £70,000 from the pot and then called it a night.

Once that money was safely transferred into his bank account then he probably thought it was time for a holiday and a new car. Maybe even a brand new rolex to wear on his wrist.

What he didn’t realise is HMRC were patiently lurking in the background. Just waiting for a chance to pounce and get some of that money back.

Money which had been taken fraudulently and had been laundered don’t forget. In the opinion of HMRC and a court of law this was money which needed to be paid back.

So you can imagine the shock our man in Preston felt when he went to the ATM machine only to find a big fat ZERO staring back at him on the screen.

He no doubt went in the bank to see the manager.

“Just what is going on here?” he would have demanded.

“Your money has been taken…by HMRC,” the bank manager would have replied.

Poker winnings or not, HMRC were well within their rights to get that money and divert it into their own bank account. The court was on their side and nothing could stop them.

“He thought he had aced the tournament but we had the better hand in the end,” said a spokesperson for HMRC.

“We will not allow tax fraudsters to enjoy their winnings until they have repaid what they have stolen from the taxpayer,” they went on to add.

Did you know that contractors have their very own “ace in the deck?” They are called contractor accountants and they are there to make sure you stay on the right side of HMRC.

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