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.

The General Election: What are the major parties offering to contractors?

Whichever party enters Downing Street on the morning of May 8th, changes will be made by the new government that will affect contract workers. For some, a Conservative government will mark a welcome continuation of the status quo. For others, the next five years need a fresh approach, with Labour hoping to step in and assume that role. And the Liberal Democrat’s will bring in new policies if they can overcome their dip in form.