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Simon Moore

Simon writes impartial news and engaging features for the contractor industry, covering, IR35, the loan charge and general tax and legislation. He also edits and commissions viewpoint pieces and ‘how to’ guides from the industry’s leading experts.

He trained under NCTJ-approved journalism tutors before working in the newsrooms of leading consumer, local and national media titles.

He is the managing director of Moore News Ltd, whose clients include trade publications, digital start-ups and FTSE-listed recruiters.

Author Content

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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.’

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.’

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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