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Disappointed, insulted, and back in ‘wait and see’ mode, contractor umbrella companies at least know the future is a ‘due diligence’ requirement for agencies to police.

Two cases concerning notification to HMRC have just been put to judges, and neither went in favour of the avoidance scheme provider.

Hiring fraud is becoming endemic, triggering toolkits, red-flag systems, and digital defences to keep contractors and other job-seekers safe.

An IT consultant who won on IR35 back in 2019 is told the judge got it wrong, meaning an HMRC bill of  £240,000 is still ‘hanging over’ him. 

IR35 contractual best-practice looks like this…(but just make sure to show your client/hirer too).

Money matters, but it’s not just costs to consider as an umbrella employee paying to keep your own limited company running. 

Hopes raised that despite falling further last month, IT contractor demand has now bottomed out -- ahead of a potential April-June boom.

The number of techies set to start temp roles (like our projects pipeline), turned a corner in March 2024.

In the second leg against another football pundit, HMRC has won hands down, hoisting numerous status red flags for business and contractors to beware.

A 90% cut in the dividend allowance takes the gloss of ‘a good IR35 thing likely to have very little impact.’

When the cost of reading an email wrong is avoiding a £100 late filing penalty but not the subsequent HMRC enquiry.

A tip to buy six £50 food vouchers before the tax year ends isn’t going down well with all limited company tax advisers -- for fear it may not go down well with HMRC.

Naysayers think CEST logic should be changed, but to what and based on what case law?

Now or never: PSCs who paid IR35 bills in 2019/20 have until Friday to submit ‘overpayment relief claims.’

Avoid looking the fool later on, by checking now how yesterday’s new hourly rate of £11.44 affects your minimum assignment rate.

HMRC no longer being free to continue on as a ‘non-ministerial department’ is important enough to warrant a place in our manifesto – IPSE.

Been benched for three months? Then our award-winning CV and LinkedIn profile-writing service could be yours, totally free of charge.

Winning work expert Matt Craven shares his new quick and dirty tips -- and previews a secret offer for ContractorUK readers not feeling very Warren Buffet.

UK contractor service providers will be recognised in 23 distinct categories. Who will you root for from Aug 1st, and cheer on in London on Nov 13th?

SG Accounting tots up how much thresholds would need to rise to make the government’s tax cut make work pay (in real-terms).

Seven ‘new’ schemes which the taxman says contractors should withdraw from were ‘named and shamed’ in 2024’s first quarter.

Nine in 10 hiring managers say the legal line between internal employee and contingent worker needs greater clarity.

A workplace should do right by its entire workforce but where it doesn’t, an experienced life coach is essential for your wellbeing, productivity and emotional health as a contractor.

Recruiters are right to warn IT contractors that the days of looking for squiggles to find evidence of contract acceptance are over.

The politically-motivated changes for non-domiciled individuals are arguably Spring Budget’s biggest tax certainty of the future.

Frustrated CEOs, candidates waiting longer, and concerned agents asking if last month’s ‘uncertainty’ is a ‘sign of harder times to come.’

SThree: The narrative that Artificial Intelligence will displace us human labour organisers is now outdated, because it’s already bedding in as an ally in workforce and recruitment processes.

'Let’s just hope the wait’s been worth it' - and other sentiments ahead of brolly regulation ‘next steps’ being finally revealed by officials.

It's hard not to condemn the government as presiding over a series of missed opportunities with contractors paying the price.

Like all of us, contractors need to know the difference between everyday stresses and too much to bear alone.

Chancellor has nothing to say on the ‘onerous and impractical’ HMRC framework linked to ‘deterring legitimate economic activity.’

Freelancer Financials homes in on Jeremy Hunt’s key announcements affecting UK housing, including implications for your own bricks and mortar.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivers a ‘let down’ to PSCs, but umbrella contractors pocket £900 a year plus a (recycled) promise of regulation.

Despite loud heckles, Jeremy Hunt manages to deliver a Spring Budget for ‘lower taxes…and long-term growth.’

The UK housing market desperately needs a fillip, but chancellor Jeremy Hunt won’t roll out the very big guns until just before contractors go to the polls.

An analysis of the Upper Tribunal upholding the FTT’s ruling that ESL failed to operate an overarching contract.

200,000 out of 360,000 contractors no longer being limited, indicates MPs are right to worry HMRC’s approach to the OPW rules ‘deters economic activity.’

Like employees, drivers are on course to be a winner on Wednesday, potentially unlike some PSCs who risk being lumped in with vapers.

Despite being legally required to, the taxman taking offline those he ‘named and shamed’ just a short time ago doesn’t give contractors the protection they want - and need.

Top seven year-end tax planning tips contractors can follow right now, to minimise their next HMRC bill.

Contractor accountants fear they’ll have no choice other than to join the government agency in putting up prices for Personal Service Companies. 

Lawful or Laughable? Security reforms on the UK register of companies shouldn’t push up prices – just as they shouldn’t be a joke.

Candidate availability at what feels like a three-year high isn’t causing cuts to pay or personnel, even if the ‘r-word’ can historically hurt at renewal.

In a world where limited company tax efficiencies are increasingly few and far between, directors cannot afford to miss this potent £60,000 threshold.

Thinking ‘I’ve Got This’ is too often a sign you’re a bad interviewee -- way before the interview has even started.

Trucks popular with the self-employed will stay as they are, with even new legislation to keep DCPUs in the tax-friendly lane.

The taxman isn’t getting much credit for taking the number of cases which CEST has been tested against from 24 to 36.

Knock it all you want but Check Employment Status for Tax does exactly what it says on the tin.

Resolved: whether limited company contractors should call themselves ‘CEO,’ ‘MD’ on their CV, or just stick to a ‘functional’ tech title.

Forget the 2021 inquiry by MPs 'How Contracting Should Work,' here's 'Why Contracting Isn't Working' in 2024.

The prolonged pursuit of the Daybreak and Radio 5 Live host is understandably taking its toll on the presenter’s mental health.

Chartered accountant Anthony Mellor writes to Jeremy Hunt to appeal for fairness, justice, and compassion for taxpayers affected by the loan charge.

In an insult to ten lives lost, the Treasury’s financial secretary is reading from discredited scripts, when he’s not looking for a soundbite or brushing off MPs’ concerns with claims of scaremongering.

IR35 is meant to deter disguised employment, not genuine freelancing, but something has gone badly wrong -- as Adams, Street-Porter and Moore are now finding out.

Yolo Wealth gives a guarded welcome to the chancellor potentially offering a new way to buy an initial chunk of UK company shares tax-free.

Despite an outcry over his effective capital gains rate of just 23%, our PM has set a good example of efficient tax planning.

Our latest confidence index shows contractor daily fees doing well, despite short-term faith in their own ventures dwindling -- IPSE.

The clock is loudly ticking for contractors to review their allowances -- before HMRC calls time for another year.

Tech sector’s ‘weak’ start to 2024 coincides with IT contractor hiring missing the usual New Year bounce back.

What the IT contractor jobs market currently looks like, and why. 

The Loose Women host talks ‘David and Goliath’ to explain the awful, horrific, £200,000 experience of three tribunals and still no HMRC admission that it lost and she has won.

A technical consultation on the April 6th off-payroll set-off is underway, so contractors can have a say. But be quick.

Top 5 reasons why off-payroll liability clauses on contractors are very likely worth the paper they’re printed on.

Landing a software development contract never looked so different, so remove your interview/contract blinkers and gear up.

Where will you spend, save and succeed in tax year 2024-25; and crucially, how?

What limited company contractors need to do to reduce a HMRC liability of £14,476 to not even £9k.

Readers of ContractorUK validate a new IPSE-Workwell study finding clients are getting far too good a deal.

Markel responds to claims ‘it’s not right to indicate indemnity clauses against OPW taxes aren’t enforceable.’

In spite of the dreaded M-word, PSCs probably won’t shed too many tears waving goodbye to P11Ds from April 2026.

A former minister says the innocent BBC presenter’s ordeal over her IR35 status warrants an inquiry.

How to ensure your client doesn’t become the next HelloFresh, Bank of Ireland or Optionis (Caroola).

Showing passion and purpose for his 60,000 victims, MPs should go down in history for squaring up to an unaccountable, unfair, and uncontrollable taxman.

A feverish sense of fatigue, and it’s not even February? These boosters are at least one New Year’s resolution you can actually stick to.

IT jobs agencies confirm to ContractorUK it’s not just outside that the big freeze is on, unless you’re skilled in emerging tech.

The March 6th odds don’t look good for action on key contractor sector areas like IR35 and umbrella company regulation.

‘Unsuspecting contractors’ alerted to a new company to withdraw from, even if ‘the horse has already bolted.’

Just say ‘No’ and other strategies for not getting caught by the off-payroll rules in the next 12 months.

When market forces are too erratic to fathom, the best mortgage for contractors is entirely based on your now, and what you want from your tomorrow.

Not since July 2020 have prospects for IT contractors looked so ice cold.

The tax-free allowance’s direction of travel indicates contractors could end up at Spring Budget 2024 with just £250.

The UK’s data watchdog says the parent company of Nixon Williams, Parasol and formerly SJD Accountancy breached the GDPR.

The strengths -- worries -- threats and opportunities, incoming for contractors in this uncertain, but now undisputed election year.

Despite the Small Business Commissioner and other recovery means, seven in 10 contractors are just as unpaid as two years ago.

There’s no happy new year for ‘Dodgy Agency Ltd’ which had to pay one IT contractor in full, and now faces an investigation into its sharp practices.

'Clever Jeremy' told to act on limited company tax, even if the IR35 ‘clownshow’ suggests the current administration isn’t into supporting PSCs.

If what HMRC threw at limited company contractors and end-users in late 2023 is anything to go by, here’s what’s in store in 2024.

The taxman has scored a £300,000 IR35 goal against the former Liverpool defender.

How the Loose Women presenter saw off HMRC, despite the appearance of more ‘employed’ factors than ‘self-employed’ factors.

The hard, soft, and still emerging skills required to succeed with Artificial Intelligence on a contract basis.

Where in Europe will next year be the most promising, receptive, and financially rewarding for freelance software engineers.

New Year sign-offs for top IT contractors could have inspired the first uplift in temporary tech skills since September.

It’s probably only us truly independent contractors who can untie the Gordian knot of off-payroll.

To recruiters who use brollies the taxman has published inadequate guidance -- a list of must-dos bereft of any new directional detail.

A dispassionate look into the arrangement at the centre of a heated, public disagreement on LinkedIn.

The taxman just missed an opportunity by not denouncing clients who get off the hook by imposing off-payroll indemnities on agencies.

Buckingham Wealth; Hive Umbrella, PAYE Services, Bluestar Associates, Excala Solutions, Griffith Anderson and Rainbowpay get ‘named and shamed.’

Everything ranging from the taxman conceding to retrospective legislation is being foreseen in wake of the BBC presenter’s court victory.

The taxman is now seeking to recover covid cash from PSC directors, personally, even where they took advice, professionally.

Here's your invitation to be part of a ground-breaking industry milestone (and get a little justice while you’re at it).

The Loose Women presenter triumphs in a ‘finely-balanced’ case, after being forced for the fourth time to defend her outside IR35 status in court.

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