Contractor Loan Schemes, too good to be true?

Have you ever been bombarded by companies promising you over 90% take home pay? Over the years we have all seen promoters offering exactly that, by using contractor loan schemes. Promoters reduce the amount of tax you pay on your income by artificially diverting income through a chain of companies, trusts or partnerships and pay the contractor in the form of a ‘loan’. The ‘loans’ are claimed to be non-taxable because they don’t form part of a contractor’s income. However, in reality the ‘loans’ aren’t repaid and the money is used by the contractor as if it were his or her income.