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  1. HMRC: 1) Don't know what they are...

    HMRC:

    1) Don't know what they are doing...continually evidenced, my recent favourites are disregarding the outcome of their own CEST tool in a tribunal and dropping an IR35 investigation into a...
  2. Fair comment but not neccessarily no, I was more...

    Fair comment but not neccessarily no, I was more concerned that it was too controlling for me and inefficient a solution for them.

    In any case I have continued to read around and it looks like...
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    Something I've learned over the years, don't...

    Something I've learned over the years, don't judge a gig until you're 6-8 weeks in.
  4. Changing the way that IR35 is determined does not...

    Changing the way that IR35 is determined does not change the fact that businesses need a contigent workforce.

    Being inside IR35 will still beat being a perm if you can get a gig where the rate is...
  5. Whether or not in the opinion of other dev...

    Whether or not in the opinion of other dev contractors they would consider an edict to use an in-house library to do the work to be an unreasonable level of direction from the end client
  6. Billed or not, is it still being told how to do...

    Billed or not, is it still being told how to do it to a possibly unreasonable level hence the SDC OP.
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    Sure but it probably also has a MOO clause too. ...

    Sure but it probably also has a MOO clause too.

    If the work is gone, it's gone, and if you're gone on verbal or shorter notice on this basis, that's pretty good for your outside IR35 status IMO.
    ...
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    On-call makes me think "part and parcel" and...

    On-call makes me think "part and parcel" and "prescribed working hours".

    Support gigs for live services in general aren't contingent IMO.

    If you're doing a managed services contract with them...
  9. There are 1,500 GlaxoSmithKline contractors who I...

    There are 1,500 GlaxoSmithKline contractors who I bet trust this promise as far as they can throw it.
  10. Sure.Obviously if you've got a C# gig and you say...

    Sure.Obviously if you've got a C# gig and you say "no, screw you, I'm doing it in Node JS" that's ridiculous, or if there's some framework like Spring being used and you decide you fancy using a...
  11. Is specifying a whitelist of allowable libraries...

    Is specifying a whitelist of allowable libraries not a factor in telling you how to code?

    Is a peer-code review which rejects or queries your code not a factor in telling you how to code?

    If I...
  12. SDC - expected use of in-house libraries/technology to complete technical tasks

    Current client has developed helper libraries as a facade over popular message-driven architecture Java software and it is required that these libraries are used when developing microservices.

    It...
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    IMHO second half budget tranches being released...

    IMHO second half budget tranches being released for companies who sync their funding with the traditional financial year, and hiring managers making sure they spend everything so they don't get less...
  14. Act of client sounding you out for a permanent role - IR35 issue?

    If you perform well in your contract and the client likes you/badgers you to go perm, is that inherently an IR35 problem?

    Concerned that this illustrates that the role is longer/perhaps never...
  15. IMO I think it all unravels when you consider who...

    IMO I think it all unravels when you consider who drafted the contract.

    If it was a proper managed service contract, I would expect the Supplier to be the party who is in the box seat to draft and...
  16. Sticky: This thread is a wind up, right?

    This thread is a wind up, right?
  17. Freelance journalist asked for UTR by Client

    New client has agreed to engage services of freelance journalist on a casual fixed price per piece basis.

    The client's accounting department have requested the self employed services provider's...
  18. If this happened to me I'd be noting that outcome...

    If this happened to me I'd be noting that outcome as a extremely strong indicator that I was outside IR35 for that gig.

    I'll be very happy to be invited in for a chat to talk about how I've got...
  19. Caught sight of Client's MSA and SoW - inside IR35?

    I'm doing some work with a small UK consultancy at the moment (supplied to their customer on their customer's site) and I'm reading some concerning language such as

    "Client's internal project...
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    I've been known to write what I call 'exit...

    I've been known to write what I call 'exit reports" for my client contact detailing what's done, not done, who to talk to, what has gone well, not so well and I leave some recommendations.
    ...
  21. Client or agency? If agency please share their...

    Client or agency?

    If agency please share their name so I can avoid them.

    I always insist on a brief statement of the services to be provided including project name for be included in my...
  22. It has been a couple of years and I have been in...

    It has been a couple of years and I have been in touch today to check that the position hasn't changed/that there isn't some mandatory requirement for third parties to conduct an IR35 review of...
  23. Drawing down large net profit position into Pension

    I want to move £50k from my company's net profit into a new SIPP.

    This has been accumulating for several years.

    Am I throttled by what ever the company's net profit is for the financial year...
  24. Pension carry forward - do I qualify through a former employer's scheme?

    I want to open a SIPP and transfer circa £50k that has been accumulating in the company's warchest for several years.

    Howver I understand that I may only pay £40k per year.

    I am still in a...
  25. Thanks everyone for the advice. Contractual...

    Thanks everyone for the advice.

    Contractual concerns aside, I am quite happy to go to the client's customer's site and I see why they want me to go.

    I just wanted to ensure that it would be...
  26. Client asking me to go to their customer's site to represent them

    2 months into a 3 month gig, currently find myself the sole backend developer resource for client's project following a few resignations and a sabbatical starting (so the entirety of the SoW for...
  27. I hope so Jessica! But this is my quandary with...

    I hope so Jessica! But this is my quandary with TLC35 as a defence for a personal enquiry - whilst I am generally confident I have nothing to hide, I don't to generate IR35 interest by myself!
    ...
  28. Thanks for sharing your advice and experiences so...

    Thanks for sharing your advice and experiences so far everyone.

    Very interesting info about Connect too.

    I will contact my accountant asking them to inform me of HMRC's requests before...
  29. Section 29 Assessment Enquiry has turned up

    Out of the blue for 3 or so years ago.

    No idea where Hector is getting his figures from but thinks I've underdeclared income by approx £7k.

    Both my SA and overlapping company returns done by my...
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    Thanks for the links all. It looks like my...

    Thanks for the links all.

    It looks like my options are to do it via a director's loan at market rates Vs a 0% card and approx 4% fee in my own name.

    I suppose the director loan route edges it...
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    Director's loan to buy a cheap(ish) car

    I'm in a 3--6 month gig and OH is no longer happy about my daily theft of the family car.

    Dividends for the year are planned for other purposes so I will require some credit to sort a car out.
    ...
  32. Quite ;-) I know that the schedule of work...

    Quite ;-)

    I know that the schedule of work could have wording that very easily causes the contract to fail but I am intrigued by the idea that agents bother to get their templates verified.

    I...
  33. Austin Fraser pimp claims QDos helped them write their pro forma contract

    I'll call regardless for a review of my contract but just wondered if anyone knows on here if this claim is true and their default contract is a QDos approved template, or if this is jus patter!
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    It left me feeling that way for sure. I used to...

    It left me feeling that way for sure. I used to feel like a QDos review was suitable due diligence. After that encounter I was left in no doubt that their experts disagree with one another and that...
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    I had a run in recently with one of the newer...

    I had a run in recently with one of the newer names at QDos who failed my contract for an IR35 review when another person at QDos had passed the template before.

    I sent both contracts to a third...
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    We're Brexiting and the government are reducing...

    We're Brexiting and the government are reducing business rates in an attempt to keep British workers employed in on-shore jobs.

    I think we can safely assume that any features of Taylor's report...
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    I can't see anything that is actually actionable....

    I can't see anything that is actually actionable.

    How exactly are they going to compel my cleaner to accept digital payments so that his bank statements proved I paid him. Are they going to...
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    I had to explain what "Gee-U-Eye" was today. Yeah.

    I had to explain what "Gee-U-Eye" was today. Yeah.
  39. "I see you've spent some time at X, who was your line manager there?"

    I love this one and always give a football manager's name, so I just had the pleasure of being managed by Steve Bruce.

    Thanks, cold caller from Kate Matthews Solutions, and you have a pleasant...
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    I've taken dividends up to the higher rate...

    I've taken dividends up to the higher rate threshold this year.

    MyCo still has a signifiant sum of net profit from previous years ringfenced for the purposes of a pension. Does my dividend haul...
  41. Anyone ever had trouble getting payment from Premier IT?

    Their contract states 14 days from invoice and it has been significantly more than that.

    I am continuing to get platitudes on the phone and they are completely ignoring e-mail.

    Client has...
  42. Three letters from HMRC "Debt Management and Banking"

    I've been playing letter tennis with one Louise Johnson of HMRC's debt maangement and banking department.

    The letters relate to a claim on their part that I owe them a years' worth of PAYE and...
  43. QDos TLC35 product - do I invalidate it by not getting a CoWA document at each gig?

    I've had the TLC35 product for many years and it is renewal time.

    I have noticed that we are now asked if our circumstances have changed in the last 12 months before proceeding to renew.

    On...
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    Very interesting NLUK, thanks for sharing this.

    Very interesting NLUK, thanks for sharing this.
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    No explanation has been provided. Just says...

    No explanation has been provided. Just says "here's how we worked out your tax code(s):

    Personal allowance: £0
    Total: £0
    Total tax free amount £0

    Seems like a cock up to me.
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    Another tax codes cock up by Hector?

    Arrived home this evening to be greeted by a manilla envelope on the floor from Hector, dated "January 2016" and advising me that my tax code for 2016/17 is 0T.

    My P11d was nilled out and my SA...
  47. Thanks all, send them a notice before action this...

    Thanks all, send them a notice before action this morning mentioning ACCA and lo and behold a "computer error" has been resolved and access to my records has been restored.
  48. Radio silence from former accountant following data request during notice period

    I was frustrated with poor service from my accountant and gave them 30 days notice of termination as per their terms and conditions.

    After three ignored emails ,this was acknowledged with a stock...
  49. Is there a form to fill out to de-authorise your tax agent?

    Sacked my accountant today.

    Had a mooch around HMRC online but can't see anything that allows me to notify them that my accountant has been binned.

    I see there's a 64-8 form to instruct a new...
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    Payment monthly in arrears

    PAYE specialists, settle an argument for us.

    Bank of six chaps, all contractors, we have a 50/50 split on what we think we mean by monthly in arrears.

    Assuming a pay day of "last working day of...
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