There is a growing number of unethical tax avoidance schemes which are encouraging contractors and freelancers to retain more of their money by paying less than their fair share of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs). Unfortunately, these schemes advertise themselves as compliant, and they’ll often state that their clients “have nothing to worry about”. This simply is not the case, and HMRC are always stepping up their efforts to regain underpaid taxes – even if the offence was many years ago.
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For more information on how to spot a tax avoidance scheme, keep reading. Be warned – your agency could be in trouble for facilitating tax avoidance, even if it is done by mistake! Accidentally referring your candidates to a tax avoidance scheme could land your agency is serious trouble with HMRC.