Yet Another Broken Promise From HMRC’s CEO Jim Harra

Not only does HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool ignore important employment status criteria, it is not keeping pace with applicable case law either! In a worrying development, HMRC have confirmed that they have not updated the IT logic behind their Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool in the last five years.  […]

Help With IR35/Off-Payroll – Free CEST Checker Unveiled

IR35 and off-payroll legislation is difficult to get to grips with.  There is confusing advice, and even HMRC’s own online tool, Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) has been criticised by sector experts.  So how on earth can you be expected to navigate this space? Help is at hand through a brand-new free CEST determination […]

HMRC Ignores Own IR35 Tool To Pursue Innocent Contractor

HMRC has been criticised for not understanding its own tax rules, along with its aggressive approach to policing IR35 compliance after a contractor was made to endure a three-year-long investigation carrying £100,000 in tax liability – despite HMRC’s own tool determining the worker as outside IR35. The IR35 enquiry was opened in November 2019, with […]

HS2 Is Latest Public Sector Victim Of Off-Payroll Farce

Yet another high profile public sector body has become victim to the cost of implementing off-payroll legislation, with revelations that HS2 has set aside £9.5 million in their accounts to cover errors made.  The rail group has confirmed it had used HMRC’s Check of Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool as well as accompanying guidance, […]

IR35: HMRC’s Enhanced CEST Service

In case you missed it, HMRC have quietly starting offering a new IR35 service which aims to ensure their Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool is used accurately.  You can now ring HMRC for help with off-payroll queries, and a full run-through of the CEST tool.  This new service entails a HMRC officer running […]