So you think they are self-employed?

If you engage self-employed sole-traders you need to be 100% confident that you could successfully argue a challenge by HMRC even against the most stubborn HMRC officer. If HMRC conduct a routine compliance review on your company they will almost certainly question whether the self-employed individuals you engage should have been employees. We have listed.. read more →

HMRC win employment status dispute! Eric Newman Developments

Can anyone else spot a pattern? Weight Watchers, December 2011: Employment relationship Philip John Wright, January 2012: Employment relationship Barney v HMRC, January 2012:      Employment relationship And now, Eric Newman Developments in February 2012: Employment relationship The last four cases to go before the tax tribunals concerning employment status have all concluded that the relationship.. read more →

Reed’s Expensive Expenses!

Someone in Reed Recruitment will no doubt be looking for a new job after the company were hit with a £158m liability for paying out expenses to their workers when they should not have been. The contract Reed implemented was not considered to be ‘overarching’ a concept which is absolutely fundamental if they were not.. read more →

Philip John Wright – Is wrong!

The judgement of HMRC’s employment status challenge on Philip John Wright was released in January 2012. .If you are wondering why that name may be familiar it is because it is the fourth time the case has been heard in full at the tax tribunals to determine whether the subcontractors engaged should have been reclassified as.. read more →

Weight Watchers – Lose a few pounds…

Weight Watchers lost their employment status appeal in the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal meaning they now face a liability in excess of £10,000,000 for each year assessed!! The outcome of the case was in no way surprising given that Weight Watchers were challenged for exactly the same thing in Australia in 1984 and very little.. read more →