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How to spot a non-compliant payroll provider

It may be tempting to refer your candidates’ to a payroll provider that is promoting exciting incentives and exceptional take-home pay. However, you must not be fooled by these organisations who are offering the world because they are probably an offshore tax avoidance scheme. If recruitment agencies are found to be referring their candidates to such schemes, HMRC will not hesitate to hand out substantial fines that could bankrupt the business and prison sentences to the Directors. Here is some advice on what to look out for when assessing a payroll provider.

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Why should you refer your candidates to Churchill Knight Umbrella?

With so many umbrella companies in the United Kingdom, it may be difficult to decide which provider to refer your candidates to. When you refer your candidates to Churchill Knight Umbrella, you can be assured that you and your candidates will receive a leading service with no unpleasant surprises. This article will explain the benefits to your recruitment agency when you refer your candidates to Churchill Knight Umbrella.

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Why should you contact Churchill Knight about the Criminal Finances Act 2017?

If your recruitment agency is not prepared for the new laws coming into effect in September 2017, you should be seriously concerned. The consequences for non-compliance include unlimited fines and custodial sentences. Partnering with Churchill Knight will help your recruitment agency remain compliant with HMRC legislation and can ensure your consultants operate effectively and within the law moving forward.

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How should your recruitment agency manage referrals?

New laws including the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will change the way recruitment agencies refer their candidates to accountancy and payroll providers. This is because the repercussions for referring a candidate to a tax evasion scheme could result in custodial sentences and unlimited fines. Churchill Knight has created a Referral Checklist designed to help recruitment agencies stay compliant and avoid severe penalties.

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How can you spot non-compliance on your PSL?

With the introduction of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and additional laws aimed to eliminate the facilitation of tax evasion, having a dependable Preferred Supplier List (PSL) is now of critical importance. If you do not have a PSL you can trust to refer your candidates to, your business, managers and directors are at risk of unlimited fines and custodial sentences.

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Be aware – failure to act on tax evasion could land your recruitment agency with an unlimited fine

New rules as part of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will be coming into effect on the 30th September 2017 and are intended to make it easier for HMRC to convict organisations that are helping to facilitate tax evasion schemes. This is likely to have a heavy impact on recruitment agencies who commonly engage with self-employed freelancers and contractors and help them identify a payroll provider. Please keep reading to find out more about the new rules and the consequences they will have on the recruitment industry.

Preparing for the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will be coming into effect from the 25th of May 2018. The new regulations are similar to those under the Data Protection Act (DPA) and therefore, if you are presently compliant with your data handling, preparing for the GDPR should be straightforward. Our article will provide some useful information to help your recruitment agency understand the new regulations and prepare accordingly.

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The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS): Q&A

HMRC is incessantly working to identify and close down tax avoidance schemes. In 2004, a new piece of legislation was introduced called ‘The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes’ (DOTAS). The main focus of DOTAS is to crack down on tax avoidance schemes by targeting the promoters and users of them. Our latest article answers a series of questions about DOTAS and explains the responsibilities of your recruitment agency.