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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

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

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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

Retailers warned to check zero-hour contract terms as Sports Direct faces 'multi-million pound' bonus claim

Retailers that offer different benefits to workers on 'zero-hour' contracts than are offered to permanent employees should beware of rules equalising the treatment of part-time and comparative full-time workers, an expert has said. 09 Feb 2015

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