As the Self Assessment tax return deadline of 31st January draws closers, we thought it would be important to remind you of remaining vigilant to scammers who imitate HMRC in an attempt to steal the hard-earned money of our contractors. There are many inventive ways in which these scammers work, through multiple channels in an attempt to trick people into a false sense of security. Read on to learn more about what to watch out for.
On November 30th the Chancellor advised that Government would carry out a review of the IR35 private sector reforms which are due to be rolled-out in April 2020. Today Government have confirmed that the review is taking place and defined the scope of the review.
The public has spoken and Boris Johnson has been elected as Prime Minister. Even though the Conservative Party said they would review the IR35 reforms in the private sector, given they were the architects of the legislation we strongly believe that these changes will go ahead as planned however watch this space for further announcements.
Last month we reviewed HMRC’s Check of Employment Status for Tax tool after HMRC refused to accept NHS Digitals status determination outcomes that had been generated by their very own tool. Now with less than 20 weeks to go before the new off-payroll working in the private sector rules are due to come into effect in April 2020, HMRC have finally launched an updated CEST.
Does anyone remember a Chancellor of the Exchequer called Philip Hammond? Seems that much has happened since he introduced the idea of an Autumn Budget and a Spring Statement to rationalise the tax raising and public spending announcements for the forthcoming fiscal years. It seemed a sensible thing to do and everyone quickly adjusted to it.
HMRC’s latest briefing notes on the changes to off-Payroll working rules contain a statement which the optimistic and trusting contractor will feel is a positive one whilst his or her more pessimistic and less- trusting colleague may feel the need to remain wary about.
There is a doctrine in English law called ‘legitimate expectation’. It’s there to protect a person against a public authority resiling from a representation it has made. It is is based on the principles of natural justice and fairness, and seeks to prevent the abuse of power.