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 […]

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 […]