Warning: New fraud targetting recruitment agencies has been brought to our attention by the FCSA - FI

Warning: New fraud targeting recruitment agencies has been brought to our attention by the FCSA

The Freelancer and Contractor Service Association (FCSA) has brought a new type of fraud to its members’ attention, targeting recruitment agencies. This blog summarises the new scam and explains how it works. If you represent a staffing agency and place temporary workers – you must read the following and ensure your business has precautions in place.

HMRC waives late self-assessment filing fines for the second year in a row

Failing to meet the self-assessment filing deadline almost certainly results in a £100 penalty from the government. However, HMRC will not enforce penalties for anyone who submits their 2020/21 tax return up to a month after the regular deadline for the second year in a row. Keep reading, and we’ll explain more about this unexpected announcement.

Churchill Knight Blog - Defra and MoJ rack up a combined £120 million tax bill due to incorrect IR35 assessments - FI

Defra and MoJ rack up a combined £120 million tax bill due to incorrect IR35 assessments

Two government departments have recently unveiled they face a combined tax bill of over £120 million due to IR35 status errors. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) used CEST, the government’s IR35 status tool, to determine the IR35 status of their temporary workforce. Unfortunately, the tool appears to have failed. Keep reading, and we will explain why Defra and the MoJ face such heavy tax bills from the government.