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Government’s tool for assessing IR35 status and employment status is falling dramatically short The latest usage data for HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool has cast a light on one of its many flaws, revealing that the technology delivered 410,083 indeterminate results between November 2019 and August 2021.  This marks a 23,531 increase when measured against previous government statistics and serves as an important reminder to businesses not to rely on CEST when assessing the IR35 status or
Oil and gas, banking and financial services companies receive letters from the taxman HMRC has started carrying out its first IR35 compliance checks among businesses, six months after the introduction of IR35 reform in the private sector. Several publications have reported that a number of oil and gas companies, banking and financial services businesses have been targeted by the taxman, who has issued these organisations with letters regarding their IR35 compliance. The letters have been sent by an officer of
Court of Appeal sends £584,000 employment status case back to First Tier Tribunal after HMRC appeal The Court of Appeal (COA) has published its verdict in a £584,000 employment status case involving professional football referees, instructing both parties to prepare for a rehearing – a development which signals progress for HMRC, albeit not a victory. After the tax office had its appeal granted by the COA, that took the view certain decisions made in the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) and
The DWP left with huge tax liability after making inaccurate IR35 determinations  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was left with a staggering tax bill of £87.9m for wrongly assessing the IR35 status of contractors, a Computer Weekly article has revealed.   Details of DWP’s non-compliance emerged in its annual accounts, which provide details of departmental spending during the 2020/21 financial year.  According to the report, the £87.9m tax payment made to HMRC followed an IR35 investigation in March 2020,
Court upholds verdict that riders cannot be classed as workers and receive rights  Deliveroo riders challenging to have their employment status changed have been dealt another blow after the Court of Appeal upheld a previous decision that ruled them self-employed – a result which means they cannot claim workers’ rights.  Above all else, this case shines a light on the confusing nature of employment law, emphasising the importance of making well-informed collaborative decisions regarding the employment status of self-employed individuals. 

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