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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.

Advisers say a ‘humiliating’ final settlement for the food department that fudged contractor status should ‘mortify’ the taxman and Treasury.

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.

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