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UK government considers shifting contractor tax compliance burden to end user

Shifting the responsibility for ensuring that an independent contractor complies with their tax liabilities from the individual to the service user would be a "fundamental change" to existing practice, with "major repercussions" for those that outsource services,... 27 Jul 2015

HMRC: IR35 'disguised employment' tax provisions worth over £500m annually

Abolishing rules designed to ensure that contractors in 'disguised employment' pay their full share of employment taxes would cost the UK Treasury £550 million a year, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 16 Mar 2015

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Office of Tax Simplification: 'lack of clarity' around self-employment status for tax purposes must be addressed

The UK government and tax authorities need to produce clearer guidance, with more real-life examples, to help firms decide whether a worker is employed or self-employed for tax purposes, according to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). 06 Mar 2015

Use of 'zero-hours' contracts by UK employers increasing, but difficulty in defining them remains, says expert

The number of 'zero-hours' contracts issued by UK employers reached 1.8 million last summer, while 2.3% of the total UK workforce said they were employed on this type of contract in their main job as of the end of last year, according to official figures.... 25 Feb 2015

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