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Guidance to those intending to flout the 31st deadline is the sort of guidance it pains accountants to give.

Former tax inspector flags up where the FTT blew the whistle on the Revenue’s status match-up against the Sky Sports commentator.

Government accused of gross negligence by 'wilfully ignoring’ risk-to-life alerts while trying to prioritise justifying an ‘immoral policy.’

Following the off-payroll shambles, who knows what the next Budget holds. But…

MPs won’t be the only ones waiting to hear how it is that ‘HMRC manifestly failed to do its duty on an industrial scale’ with agency workers who used umbrella companies.

What contractors who want to move this year need to understand about lenders, the economy and the market.

An administration that has ‘wholly failed to address issues plaguing the contract workforce,’ narrowly gets the benefit of the doubt from experts.

FCSA: Any and all reasonable evidence of unlawful or underhanded practice will be looked into, alongside the companies we’re already investigating.

The Mainpay ruling reinforces ‘If it seems too good to be true, then it invariably is.’ That's now even more the case, with no SEB.

Government called to spell out what it will do with umbrellas, if it won’t regulate them via the SEB.

Delays on pre-Christmas hires makes January ‘the big test,’ but growth in IT contractor demand is already on the up again.

Badly let down by his accountants, the Sky Sports pundit and former rugby star won’t even get to tackle the taxman.

Dangerous to the truth: a mass of questionable statics is unquestionably designed to give the taxman a pat on the back.

A self-initiated clean-up, supported by agencies, is this year crucial for the economy and the umbrella sector.

As 2022 draws to a close, the REC takes a deep dive into hiring trends in the technology sector.

A status expert’s reflections on 12 months that will live long in the memory – for all the wrong reasons.

‘Not yet a major slowdown’ warns the REC, even if demand for full-time techies is already in negative territory.

A cautionary tale for contractors about lack of focus – on a CV; on your business, on your status.

Six status scenarios playing out now, and bound to continue into next year.

The dust settling on the chancellor’s Green Book is far from pacifying its many critics, including two political IR35 heavyweights.

Concern raised for NHS workers and other ‘average earners’ who used CML, given that HMRC tends to chase individuals, not brollies.

Wider grounds than potentially unauthorised deductions of employer NICs should be considered if taking a brolly to tribunal.

Sombre and powerful, a vigil-turned-protest outside HMRC’s office is further pressure on a chancellor being asked for answers -- by 55 advisers and 80 MPs.

Clean-up efforts look underway, with agencies, government and a charity responding to the payroll sector’s ‘not great’ goings-on.

It’s wild; hysterical and panic-inducing – and that’s only the coverage. Fortunately for contractors, the likelihood is just a reversion of the property market to 2021.

For being more limited than limited companies feared, Hunt’s CGT reforms are a bit of a let-off for small, entrepreneurial businesses.

A timely refresh from the Revenue has industry advisers divided over the trigger. If there was one.

Campaigner: No surprise chancellor Hunt didn’t touch the HMRC policy -- as opposed to schemes, which he absolutely should have tackled.

Beware the false umbrella employers; ineffective opt-outs, and Arthur Daley-esque insurance policies.

‘Less money to go around’ for PSCs is the result of changes to dividends, corporation tax, and the 45p rate. But how much less money is the question.

With an extra bill of £3,750 from corporation tax alone, no wonder some PSCs feel Hunt is hunting them to extinction.

Still sore from him cancelling the off-payroll rules’ cancellation, Hunt’s changes to dividends are ‘salt in the wound’ for PSCs.

Allowance cut is 'small fry in the grand scheme of things,’ but in the Green Book’s small print, the penalisation of PSCs persists.

Jeremy Hunt delivers a ‘plan for stability, growth and public services.’ And a plan to make dividends more taxing.

‘If any payments to contractors are found to be due those will, of course, be Orange Genie’s sole responsibility.’

What the taxman gives with one hand as a tax refund to a failed PSC, he will surely try to take back with the other from its director.

What three contractor service providers say they’d welcome on Thursday fills one status expert with dread.

Six ways the Treasury boss can restore stability, repair the Tories’ reputation and return contracting to what it does best.

No retreat or retrenchment just yet, but pressure, caution and struggle still hit temporary techies and their clients in October.

Advisers worry the taxman isn’t offering much more than an updatable archive of umbrellas which contractors shouldn’t have once used.

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