ICM lose appeal

The judgment for Island Contract Management (“ICM”) v HMRC was released last week and to no-one’s great surprise, ICM were unsuccessful in their appeal and it was confirmed that they were liable to pay HMRC a rather large £43m in liabilities!! ICM operate offshore and offer the Construction Industry subcontractors they engage the chance to.. read more →

Increase in HMRC challenges

In November 2012 HMRC changed their approach to opening enquiries with the roll out of business records checks. Instead of going down the old route of opening official compliance checks, visiting the premises, questioning the staff and reviewing mountains of documents which can take a day or two per company. HMRC now phone companies and.. read more →

“Subcontractor” actually an employee

The judgement of Yurdaer Yetis v HMRC (2012) was released yesterday and makes for an interesting read in relation to employment status. As with the case of Slush Puppie v HMRC, this employment status dispute at the Tax Tribunal was a result of an individual claiming they were an employee. In this case HMRC assessed.. read more →

Slush Puppie Avoid Brain Freeze

In a slightly unusual case both Slush Puppie and HMRC ended up arguing an employment status case at the tax tribunals when neither party really wanted to. The Facts The case was a result of a disgruntled self-employed worker writing to HMRC saying that he was in fact an employee of Slush Puppie and therefore.. read more →

More companies switch to Marble

Within the last month alone we have taken on three new clients who were all previously using different companies to protect them from employment status challenges. Having met with each of them it was clear that although they were getting good customer service, they were simply not getting the level of protection they first believed.. read more →