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.
The government has launched an open consultation into the role of umbrella companies in the labour market to better understand the industry and how umbrellas interact with the tax and employment rights systems. The consultation requests multiple stakeholders’ input by answering a series of questions, including contractors, recruitment professionals, and end-hirers. In this article, we summarise the consultation and explain how you can help contribute to the sector’s expected developments next year.
Today (Wednesday 27th October 2021), Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his third budget in parliament, along with the Spending Review. As the country looks to bounce back from the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, experts predicted several tax hikes and strategies to recuperate billions of pounds for the UK economy. This blog article summarises the key announcements in the Autumn Budget 2021 and Spending Review, and includes feedback from the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA).
A new type of fraud has swept across the umbrella company sector, and it’s targetting compliant umbrella companies, recruitment agencies and tens of thousands of honest, hard-working contractors and freelancers. Please keep reading as we explain what umbrella cloning is, what has happened so far, which companies have been targeted, and how to identify fake communication from criminals pretending to represent legitimate umbrella companies.
On Wednesday 27th October 2021, Rishi Sunak will deliver the Autumn Budget 2021 – his third Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is expected to announce a series of measures to help the UK’s economy recover from the devasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep reading for predictions and rumours of what may arise in the Autumn Budget 2021.
New government guidance to help recruitment agencies avoid referrals to non-compliant umbrella companies
The government has released new guidance for UK-based recruitment agencies and businesses that place temporary workers with umbrella companies. The guidance aims to help companies to reduce the risk of referring candidates to non-compliant umbrella companies. We’ve summarised the guidance below, and it’s well worth a read.
Churchill Knight Umbrella is committed to compliance within our sector. However, we’re equally dedicated to customer service and ensuring our umbrella company employees have the best possible payroll experience using our umbrella company. As a result, we’re delighted to provide all our employees with access to My Digital – state-of-the-art cloud-based software specially designed exclusively for umbrella companies. My Digital makes getting paid with an umbrella company more effortless than ever before. Most importantly, the software is secure and protected with cyber security that is second to none. Keep reading, and we’ll explain My Digital’s approach to cyber security.
In recent news, a well-known UK-based umbrella company appears to have been struck by cyber-security breaches – causing havoc to the organisation, its employees and the supply chain. This blog explains what recruitment agencies can do to protect themselves and their candidates from unscrupulous activities within the supply chain. Sadly, recruitment agencies appear to have been targeted too, as we explain below.
In a statement released on the 23rd of September (2021), the government has confirmed Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax self-assessment (ITSA) will be delayed by a year. In an attempt “to help those impacted by the changes” and “ for their representatives to develop their own support and guidance”, MTD for ITSA will be now be rolling out from April 2024. Keep reading, and we’ll summarise the latest announcement from the government and how it’ll impact landlords and self-employed professionals in the UK.
Whether you’re a one-person band with a single buy-to-let property, or you are the director of a limited company with a bustling portfolio of properties, hiring a specialist landlord accountant could help you considerably. In this article, we summarise the benefits of appointing a landlord accountant to help you manage your collection of properties.